A church in Florida, USA, plans to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The U.S. Department of Defense wants this canceled.
General David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, says it would put his troops in danger.
Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, spoke of a time in 2005 when there were mistaken reports that Korans had been dishonored. That caused violent protests around the world. Fifteen people were killed.
Morrell says his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is thinking about talking to the leader of the church. He will have to talk this over with his advisers.
Morrell also says the media has given too much attention to this story.source