A top US Army commander has apologised for a "religiously insensitive" leaflet drop in Parwan Province, Afghanistan yesterday.
The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam.
Major General James Linder, Commanding General of NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan / Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, said: "I sincerely apologise. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide.
"There is no excuse for this mistake."
"I am reviewing our procedures to determine the cause of this incident and to hold the responsible party accountable.
"Furthermore, I will make appropriate changes so this never happens again.
"Resolute Support remains committed to Afghanistan’s future, and I offer my sincerest apologies for this error."