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'Death to America!' Afghan anger over Quran burning intensifies

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Afghan demonstrators burn a U.S. flag during a protest against Quran desecration in Helmand province on Feb. 23, 2012, the third day of violent protests that have left at least 12 people dead.

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Afghan policemen fire towards protesters during a protest in Kabul on Feb. 23, 2012.

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An Afghan policeman runs after confiscating a U.S. flag from protesters in Kabul on Feb. 23, 2012.

msnbc.com staff and news services report from KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two foreign soldiers were killed by a man dressed in an Afghan National Army uniform on Thursday, as anger over the burning of copies of the Quran at the country's main NATO air base sparked violent protests for a third day.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered across the country, some chanting "Death to America!", Reuters witnesses and officials said. In eastern Kabul, hundreds of youths threw rocks at police, who fired shots into the air to try disperse the crowds.

On Tuesday thousands of demonstrators besieged the Bagram air base in protest at the alleged burning of copies of the Quran, and the protests spread to other parts of the country on Wednesday.