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5/16/05-Washington

Newsweek Apologizes For Quran Story Errors

At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured last week when thousands of demonstrators marched in Afghanistan and other parts of the Muslim world, officials and eyewitnesses said.

"We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in the magazine's May 23 issue, out Sunday.

Newsweek has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the U-S detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran. 

In an article assessing its coverage, the magazine wrote, "How did Newsweek get its facts wrong? And how did the story feed into serious international unrest?" The Pentagon said last week it was unable to corroborate any case in which interrogators at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defiled the Muslim holy book, as Newsweek reported in its May 9 issue.

"Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we," Whitaker said. Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita blamed Newsweek's report for the violent protests that broke out in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries.

 The magazine says it will re-examine the accusations, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan. The magazine reported that U.S. military investigators had found evidence that interrogators placed copies of Islam's holy book in washrooms and had flushed one down the toilet.

 In a note to readers, Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker says the magazine's information came from "a knowledgeable U-S government source."

But Whitaker adds the source later said he could not be sure he'd read about the alleged Quran incident in the report that was cited.

Whitaker says: "We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U-S soldiers caught in its midst."

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