Hundreds of annoyed Afghans burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to the Christians" to complaint plans canceled Thursday. By a small American minster to torch copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Spiritual and political leaders across the Muslim world, as well as more than a few U.S. officials, had asked the church to call off the plan, caution it would lead to violence against Americans. Iraq, worried that it will let loose a backlash against all Christians, beefed up security near churches.
International police association Interpol warned its 188 member countries that "there will be tragic penalty" and a "strong likelihood" of aggression if the burning takes place.