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Last modified: 24 Feb 2012 17:00

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has criticised US President Barack Obama's apology letter to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, for the reported burnings of Qurans in the US-led Bagram air base.

"There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama's attention in a negative way," Gingrich said, "and he is consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States, period".

Similarly, former Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin also expressed her discontent with the American president's apology.

"Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing two of our soldiers yesterday" the former governor of Alaska said on her Facebook profile.