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Report: Bush apologizes for shot-up Koran

May 20, 2008 at 3:34 PM

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- Iraqi television said President George Bush telephoned Iraq's prime minister to offer a personal apology for the desecration of a Koran by a U.S. soldier.

Tuesday's conversation between Bush and Nouri al-Maliki came amid an uproar over an Army sergeant's reported decision to use the Islamic holy book for target practice at a Baghdad firing range.

The Kuwait News agency KUNA said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin paid a personal call on the Iraqi vice president in a fence-mending measure Tuesday.

Meanwhile, al-Alam reported that the Association of Muslim Scholars condemned the incident following a wave of street protests across Iraq during the weekend.

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