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Afghan Protests Continue Over Koran Burning; Petraeus Condemns Act

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- On Sunday, for the third straight day, thousands of Afghans burned U.S. flags and condemned the actions of two pastors 8,000 miles away.

Protests erupted Friday after locals learned that Florida pastor Terry Jones supervised a burning of the Koran back in March, while another pastor, Wayne Sapp, soaked the holy book of Islam in kerosene and burned it.

In Kandahar City Sunday, things turned violent as 16 protesters were brought to the city’s main hospital with injuries. Two people were in critical condition, according to a hospital administrator. Sunday's violence wasn’t nearly as bad as the day before, when police shot into crowds, however local authorities did fire into the air Sunday to disperse rock-throwing protesters.

On Saturday, nine people were killed and at least 80 were injured after police opened fire on a crowd during violent demonstrations that saw protesters break into a school and burn a school bus during a massive protest in Kandahar City. On Friday, 11 people were killed during protests at a United Nations compound, seven of whom were U.N. staffers and guards.

In Jalalabad on Sunday, some 2,000 university students blocked the main highway leading to Kabul, chanting “death to America” and “death to Terry Jones.” The students burned an effigy of President Barack Obama, but otherwise remained peaceful.

Hundreds also protested in Panjwai and Parwan Province. No violence was reported in those areas.

ISAF Commander General David Petraeus and NATO SCR Ambassador Mark Sedwill on Sunday issued a statement condemning the Koran burning. The statement said that ISAF and NATO condemns any disrespect of the Koran and the Muslim faith, and specifically stated, “We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy [Koran].”

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Controversial Florida Pastor Banned from Entering Britain

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones has been officially banned from entering Britain.

The British government maintains it opposes extremism in all its forms and barring Terry Jones, it says, is for the public good.

When asked if he considers himself to be an extremist, the preacher told the BBC, "definitely not."

Jones, who advocated burning a Koran last fall, had been invited to the U.K. to address a right-wing group about what he sees as the 'Islamification of Britain.'

A government spokesman said coming to Britain is a privilege, not a right.

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