United States air force kills terrorists, whoops-a-daisy, doctors in Afghanistan


Doctors Without Borders people in shock after the Kunduz bombing

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

MSF denies that terrorists were hiding in hospital

Today, 16:33

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders denies that terrorists were in the hospital in Kunduz when the building was bombed. “There is not any truth in that,” said MSF Director Arjan Hehenkamp on Twitter.

The Afghan Interior Ministry reported today that terrorists were in the MSF clinic and that the building was attacked therefore. When the attack came nine people died and at least 37 were injured. Hehenkamp says his team were sleeping in the clinic to shelter from the fighting.

The clinic is badly damaged. Also a fire broke out. Therefore, people can not be helped. At least thirty people are still missing.

“Location was known ‘

A spokesman for MSF says the bombardment began around two o’clock in the morning local time. The bombing lasted half an hour, says Bart Janssens.

“Everyone knew that there was a hospital of Doctors Without Borders. It was the only working hospital in Kunduz,” says Janssens. “We had also reported its precise location on the warring parties. So everybody knew that there was a hospital.”

From Doctors Without Borders:

Afghanistan: MSF Staff Killed, Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz

October 02, 2015

UPDATE (October 3; 6:45AM EST):

AFGHANISTAN: MSF INFORMED ALL FIGHTING PARTIES OF GPS COORDINATES

OCTOBER 3, 2015 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, which was full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara northwest of Kunduz.

As it does in all conflict contexts, MSF communicated the precise locations of its facilities to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on September 29.

The bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck. MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened.

UPDATE ON HOSPITAL BOMBING CASUALTIES:

It is with deep sadness that we confirm so far the death of nine MSF staff members during the bombing last night of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz. Latest casualty figures report 37 people seriously wounded, of whom 19 are MSF staff. Some of the most critically injured are being transferred for stabilization to a hospital in Puli Khumri, two hours’ drive away. There are many patients and staff who remain unaccounted for. The numbers may grow as a clearer picture develops of the aftermath of this horrific bombing.

MSF’s initial statement is below:

Kabul, October 3, 2015: At 2:10 AM local time on Saturday October 3, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Trauma center in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.

Three MSF staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted for. The medical team is working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff.

“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” says Bart Janssens, MSF Director of Operations. “We do not yet have the final casualty figures, but our medical team are providing first aid and treating the injured patients and MSF personnel and accounting for the deceased. We urge all parties to respect the safety of health facilities and staff.”

Since fighting broke out on Monday, MSF has treated 394 wounded. When the aerial attack occurred this morning we had 105 patients and their caretakers in the hospital and over 80 MSF international and national staff present.

Read: “Our Hospital Was The Frontline”

At least 100 US Special Forces engaged in clashes with Taliban insurgents near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Wednesday. The US commandos were part of a larger force of US-NATO and Afghan troops attempting to retake the strategic northern city, which was partially captured by a small Taliban invasion force on Monday morning: here.

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  2. KABUL, Oct 3 (Reuters) – An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, killing several people in what the U.S. military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents. At least 19 people died in the strike, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres, including 12 staff, four adult patients, and three children.

    Frantic MSF staff phoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington after the attack, and bombs continued to rain down near the medical facility for nearly an hour, one official from the aid group said.

    At least 37 people were wounded and many patients and staff still missing, it added.

    The U.S. military promised to investigate the incident, which could renew concerns over the use of its air power in the conflict.

    Afghan government forces backed by U.S. air power have fought to drive the Taliban out of the northern provincial capital since the militants seized it six days ago, in the biggest victory of their near 14-year insurgency. …

    U.S. forces launched an air strike at 2.15 a.m. (2145 GMT), spokesman, Col. Brian Tribus, said in a statement.

    “The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility … This incident is under investigation,” he added.

    At the aid group’s bombed-out hospital, one wall of a building had collapsed, scattering fragments of glass and wooden door frames, and three rooms were ablaze, said Saad Mukhtar, director of public health in Kunduz.

    “Thick black smoke could be seen rising from some of the rooms … The fighting is still going on, so we had to leave.”

    “DEEPLY SHOCKED”

    Almost 200 patients and employees were in the hospital, the only one in the region that can deal with major injuries, said Medecins Sans Frontieres, which raised the death toll to at least 16 by late on Saturday.

    “We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” operations director Bart Janssens said in a statement.

    MSF said it gave the location of the hospital to both Afghan and U.S. forces several times in the past few months, most recently this week, to avoid being caught in crossfire.

    MSF said it had treated almost 400 patients in the 150-bed hospital since fighting broke out, most for gunshot wounds. So many patients have flooded in that the hospital had to put them in offices and on mattresses on the floor.

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman said last week there would be no airstrikes inside the city because of the risk of mass civilian casualties.

    Ghani’s predecessor, former President Hamid Karzai, fell out with his backers in Washington in part over the number of civilians killed by bombs earlier in the nearly 14-year-old war, America’s longest military conflict. …

    The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was “deeply shocked” by the incident.

    “This is an appalling tragedy,” said Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan. “Such attacks undermine the capacity of humanitarian organizations to assist the Afghan people at a time when they most urgently need it.” (Additional reporting by Kay Johnson in Kabul, Gus Trompiz in Paris and Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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  3. A serious and less powerful force fighting a enemy having enormous resources such as the Western alliance will have no choice other than to mingle within the civilian population, their fore it can only be civilian casualties being brought into war as innocent citizens in particular from air strikes, the Western coalition not desiring casualties in ground fighting because this is unpopular with the voting public viewing casualties of their culture becoming what they identify as being their own boys?
    The Americans having snorted being the major snorting cocaine and general drug users followed by most of the Imperialistic nations able to afford drugs, and the decline of not just politicians but many Western citizens of a decline of morality but having a pseudo morality such as a concern for public safety as local government responsibility for faulty pavements finding they had not the will nor ability to repair these pavements and consequently dropped off the public agenda, the hypocrisy of the the Western Governments know no bounds slavishly becoming a not only slaves to a false money policy such as huge cost in education noting the men who passed these policies had a free education and desire to prevent the lower classes to become educated by only those who have money to retain power, the ruling class requires division to retain power, I am not suggesting all people have the same ability to manage resources of our planet, I am saying many who are not regarded as part of the elite are as intelligent or more intelligent as they have mastered the ability to become outside the system of the political elites brain restrictions but having greater insight than those who govern us, a threat? indeed! of course the lower classes are not and would not be suitable for being part of a new government principally as having been so repressed as families being conditioned long enough that the unraveling of their mind set would be arduous equally old established families such as the monarchies of Europe and the Rothschilds all suffer from the same syndrome a sort of inbred senility.

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