Peter Lavoy, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, apologized to Washington-area Muslims at a mosque in Sterling, Va. today. His remarks come after protests erupted across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base.
The military says 20 people died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers. Lavoy says the military is investigating, and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.
President Obama has also apologized for the incident.