Petraeus Condemns Quran Burning As Protests Rage On

The top American military commander and civilian representative in Afghanistan Sunday condemned the burning of a Quran in the United States, an act which sparked days of protests that have left more than 20 dead.

Burning the Muslim holy book "was hateful, it was intolerant and it was extremely disrespectful and again, we condemn it in the strongest manner possible," Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday.

Ambassador Mark Sedwill called the burning of a Quran by a small Florida church "an act of disrespect to the Muslim faith and to all peoples of faith. It does not represent the views of the peoples or governments of the alliance."

The comments came as protests left at least one person dead and 16 were injured in southern Afghanistan Sunday in clashes between police and stone-throwing protesters, an official and a local elder said.

The clashes Sunday occurred during a protest in the city of Kandahar, according to Ahmad Wali Karzai, the provincial council chief and President Hamid Karzai's brother, and local elder Haji Abdul Malik.