The bogus story may long resonate, but the jihad is off for now. From Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A group of Afghan Islamic clerics have deferred a call for holy war against the United States over a magazine report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran after the report was retracted.
The clerics in Badakhshan province said on Sunday the United States should hand anyone guilty of desecrating the holy book to a Muslim country for prosecution in three days or they would declare jihad, or holy war, against the United States.
But Newsweek magazine, which first ran a story in its May 9 issue saying U.S. military interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed a Koran down a toilet, on Monday retracted the report.
“We will consult and discuss our next move with other Ulemas,” said the head of Badakhshan’s council of clerics, Mullah Sadullah Abu Aman, when asked about the jihad call.