The pastor of a tiny church in the US says he is determined to go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the September the 11th attacks.
Reverend Terry Jones remains defiant in the face of pleas from the US military, the Vatican and the White House.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Muslims not to retaliate:
“It is regrettable that a pastor in Gainsville, Florida with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous, distressful, disgraceful plan. And get, you know, the world’s attention but that is the world where we live in right now. It does not in anyway represent America or Americans.
Terry Jones says he has received more than a hundred death threats and has started carrying a gun since announcing his plan to burn the holy book, considered by Muslims to be the word of God.
The US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus warns the burning will make the job of US troops more difficult – and more dangerous:
“It puts our soldiers in jeopardy,” he told reporters, “we’ve already seen a demonstration here in Kabul at the rumour that this event could take place and I think in fact that images from such an activity could very well be used by extremists here and around the world.”