Friday Sep 14, 201204:35 AM GMT
Afghan president condemns American anti-Islam movie
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned a controversial US-made anti-Islam film, postponing a scheduled visit to Norway.


The Afghan president's move follows growing protests against the release of a film insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

On Wednesday, the Afghan presidential palace issued a statement, slamming the “desecrating act”, which has caused “enmity and confrontation between the religions and cultures of the world."

The statement further condemned the act by saying it “badly impacted the peaceful coexistence between human beings".

Afghan clerics have also condemned the movie made by Sam Bacile, an Israeli filmmaker in the US state of California.

Protests have erupted in several countries including Libya and Egypt in response to the sacrilegious movie.

Earlier, US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, along with three other consulate staff members was killed in Benghazi after a group of angry demonstrators reportedly attacked the consulate building over the insulting film.


US-led forces have reportedly been ordered to limit their patrols in different parts of the war-torn nation, following news of the deaths in Libya.

Afghan officials have expressed concern over possible protests across the country similar to violent demonstrations held earlier in the year.

Afghanistan witnessed massive nationwide protests earlier this year after US-led soldiers burned copies of the holy Quran and other religious texts at the US-run Bagram Airbase in Parwan Province.

The move comes as anti-US sentiment continues to rise in Afghanistan.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.

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