Petraeus warns over Quran burning
The US commander of the Afghan war has warned that his troops' lives will be endangered if a Florida evangelical church goes ahead with a planned burning of the Quran on Saturday's 9/11 anniversary.
General David Petraeus said the planned torching of Islam's holy book would be a propaganda coup for the Taliban in Afghanistan and stoke anti-US sentiment across the Muslim world.
Afghanistan, where Petraeus leads a 150,000-strong US-led Nato force against an extremist Taliban-led insurgency, is a deeply devout Islamic country.
Actions seen by Afghans as against their religion or even allegations that Western troops have insulted the Quran have led to deadly violence in the past.