16 -- The influential US magazine Newsweek says its story about the desecration
of the Quran at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is inaccurate.
Editor Mark Whitaker apologized, Sunday, for the May
9 article which triggered mass protests across the Muslim world, leading to at
least 16 deaths in Afghanistan.
The article incorrectly reported that U.S. military
investigators at the detention facility had flushed the Muslim holy book down
It said the information came from a "knowledgeable
government source", but that the source later claimed to be unsure if it had
In the latest issue of the magazine, which is to
appear on newsstands, Monday, the editor expresses regret for the mistake and
extends sympathies to victims of the violence.
The article has been linked to Muslim uprisings in
Pakistan, Indonesia and the Palestinian territories.
In the past week it has been condemned by Egypt,
Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.
On Sunday, Afghan Muslim clerics threatened to call
for a holy war against the United States.
Newsweek said it was not contemplating disciplinary
action against staff.
The U.S. national security adviser, Stephen Hadley
told CNN, Sunday, that the incident was under investigation and if it proved to
be true, action would be taken against those responsible. Enditem