MSF Releases Internal Review Of U.S. Airstrike On Kunduz Hospital That Killed At Least 30 People
News outlets report on a Médecins Sans Frontières internal review of the allegedly mistaken U.S. military airstrike on the organization’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
The Atlantic: What Happened in Kunduz?
“…At a news conference in Kabul on Thursday, Christopher Stokes, MSF’s general director, said it’s ‘quite hard to understand and believe’ the hospital was mistakenly hit. The group released an initial internal review of the strike that pointed out that U.S. and allied militaries were given the GPS coordinates of the hospital, and though Taliban members were treated at the facility, there were no weapons inside — in keeping with the organization’s rules…” (Calamur, 11/5).
Reuters: MSF says planes may have attacked staff fleeing Kunduz hospital
“…The report said many staff described ‘seeing people being shot, most likely from the plane’ as they tried to flee the main hospital building, which was under attack by U.S. military aircraft. At least 30 people were killed when the hospital in Kunduz was hit by a powerful U.S. attack aircraft on Oct. 3 while Afghan government forces were battling to regain control of the northern city from Taliban forces who had seized it days earlier…” (Martina et al., 11/5).
Washington Post: ‘I’m praying for you all.’ Doctors Without Borders releases messages with U.S. military on night of bombing
“…[MSF] continued to push for an independent investigation into one of the deadliest civilian casualty incidents stemming from a coalition action in the Afghan conflict. The U.S. military and others are currently conducting parallel reviews into the chain of events leading to the more than hour-long attack. [Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan,] told the Washington Post in an interview in Kabul on Friday that he will not submit to an international investigation, but expects to have the initial results of the military’s own investigation soon. He declined to be more specific with a time table…” (Lamothe, 11/5).