US Bombs Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan Targeting Taliban – Kills 9 Staff Members

(In spite of how the AP presents this story, this was clearly not an accident. This hospital was serving the people of Kunduz and probably Taliban fighters. Many of the citizens of this town want the US out of their country and provide aid to the Taliban. The strike on an active hospital, even if it only served Taliban fighters, is a war-crime and I am sure it is not the first time our forces have done something like this over there. It’s probably routine. It’s only due to the fact that Doctors Without Borders was there, that this story is getting any attention at all (very little at that). This is a major war-crime, targeting hospitals in conflict areas. Notice the careful choice of language: “near” the hospital, “collateral damage” and the spokesman says they “lost” some doctors. They didn’t loose them. They killed them. They know exactly where they are.)

from the AP

Nine local staffers for Doctors Without Borders were killed and 30 were missing after an explosion near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.

In a statement, the international charity said the “sustained bombing” took place at 2:10 a.m. (2140 GMT). Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes have been fighting to dislodge Taliban insurgents who overran Kunduz on Monday.

U.S. forces in Afghanistan said they conducted an airstrike on Kunduz at 2:15 a.m. The spokesman, U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, said the strike “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility” and that the incident was under investigation. Tribus said it was the 12th U.S. airstrike “in the Kunduz vicinity” since Tuesday.

Doctors Without Borders said its trauma center “was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.” At the time of the bombing, the hospital had 105 patients and their caretakers, and more than 80 international and Afghan staff, it said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said 10 to 15 “terrorists” had been hiding in the hospital at the time of the strike. “All of the terrorists were killed but we also lost doctors,” he told a press conference. He said 80 staff at the hospital, including 15 foreigners, had been taken to safety.

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