March 1, 2012
Gunmen -- one believed to be an Afghan soldier -- killed two American NATO troops Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the latest retaliation by Afghan Muslims over the accidental burning of a Quran at a U.S. military base last week, CBN News reports. President Obama and military leaders have apologized to the Muslim world for the unintended desecration of Islam's holy book, and when ABC News asked Obama if the apologies had worked, he said: "Yes. ... It calmed things down, [but] we're not out of the woods yet. The politics or the second-guessing [of] these decisions, I'm not worried about. I'm worried about making sure that the men and women in uniform are in the best possible position to come home safely and carry out their mission." Six NATO troops have been killed by Afghan security forces in less than two weeks, and the leader of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan continues to call for "disciplinary action" for the U.S. troops involved in the Quran burning.