President Obama Calls MSF President To Apologize For Mistaken U.S. Bombing Of Kunduz Hospital

New York Times: Obama Issues Rare Apology Over Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan
“President Obama personally apologized on Wednesday to the head of Doctors Without Borders for what he described as the mistaken bombing of its field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, promising a full investigation into the episode, which took the lives of nearly two dozen doctors and patients…” (Shear/Sengupta, 10/7).

POLITICO: Obama calls Doctors Without Borders head to apologize for airstrike
“…The apology came as [Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International President Joanne Liu] on Wednesday called for an international investigation into the deadly incident, saying it was ‘unacceptable’ that the bombing could be dismissed as collateral damage or a simple mistake…” (10/7).

Reuters: Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack, MSF demands independent probe
“…MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday’s air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff…” (Rampton/Nebehay, 10/7).

Wall Street Journal: Obama Apologizes for Afghan Airstrike on Hospital
“…[Obama’s] move marked a reversal from the White House position a day earlier, when [White House Press Secretary Josh] Earnest indicated the U.S. wouldn’t formally apologize for the airstrike until several investigations into the incident had made more progress. Mr. Obama since learned new information about the airstrike and decided to apologize, Mr. Earnest said, declining to offer details…” (Lee/Schwartz, 10/7).

Washington Post: Obama apologizes to head of Doctors Without Borders for strike on hospital
“…Earnest said that Obama promised Liu a thorough investigation ‘and if necessary will implement changes to make sure tragedies like this one are less likely in the future’…” (Ryan/Deane, 10/7).

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