"It was unclear how many copies of the holy book, if any, were burned. Ahmad Zaki Zahid, the chairman of the provincial council in Parwan, where the base is located, said about 60 copies of the Quran were taken to the incinerator after being left behind by freed detainees
, and about half were burned and half were retrieved." For people who claim this is a desecration they themselves discarded these books and treated those books with more disrespect than anyone else.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen's statement was unusually rapid and strikingly contrite. Addressing to the "noble people of Afghanistan" in a video that was aired on national television, Allen said he had been given a report overnight indicating that Western military personnel at Bagram had "improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials" including Qurans.
"When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them," the general said, adding that the recovered materials would be turned over to religious authorities. He thanked the local people who had brought the matter to light.
"We are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again," Allen said. "This was not intentional in any way."