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Protests Erupt in Baghdad Over Qur’an Burning Outside Swedish Mosque

HeadlineJun 30, 2023

In Iraq, hundreds of protesters briefly stormed the Swedish Embassy in Baghdad Thursday in response to the burning of a Qur’an outside a mosque in Stockholm Wednesday, which marked Eid al-Adha, a major Islamic holiday. Swedish media identified the person who burned the Qur’an as a refugee from Iraq. The act drew widespread condemnation from Muslims around the world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned this could pose another challenge to Sweden’s bid to join NATO. Turkey and Hungary remain the only nations blocking Sweden’s path to NATO membership.

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