Yesterday, we shared with you the laugh-out-loud story that American forces blew apart not only a hospital in Kunduz, but a warehouse and a “mansion” (which in Afghanistan is any hut with two chamberpots).
Doctors Without Borders staff also reported seeing people shot from the air as they ran between buildings during the hourlong attack October 3 in Kunduz, it said. The charity said at least 30 people — including 13 staff — died during the early-morning strike.
The U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday it appreciated Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, making its report available to American investigators and expressed its condolences to those affected.
As the fighting intensified, Doctors Without Borders said it reaffirmed the GPS coordinates of the main hospital and administration office building at its Kunduz center with the U.S. Defense Department, Afghan Interior and Defense ministries and the U.S. Army in Kabul in a September 29 email.
“Confirmation of receipt was received from both U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Army representatives, both of whom assured us that the coordinates had been passed on to the appropriate parties.
“A series of multiple, precise and sustained airstrikes targeted the main hospital building, leaving the rest of the buildings in the MSF compound comparatively untouched,” the charity’s report said.
“This specific building of the hospital correlates exactly with the GPS coordinates provided to the parties to the conflict,” it said, adding that GPS coordinates were taken directly in front of the main hospital building hit in the strikes.
The center’s Intensive Care Unit was the first building to be hit before the airstrikes moved east to west across the main hospital building in “wave after wave of strikes,” the charity said.
“Many staff describe seeing people being shot, most likely from the plane, as people tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each airstrike.
We had asked, and MSF had confirmed, that they were treating Taliban patients. So, it was a target-rich opportunity. But if that’s our goal, we should own it. We’re coming for you, goat-humpers, and no hospital can hide you.
If it is not our goal to strafe medical centers, maybe we shouldn’t send the Grim Reaper of gunships.
PS: I’m not really enjoying the deaths of innocent French doctors and guilty Taliban jihadists. I’m just enjoying Obama’s culpability in war crimes. War crimes. Cincy Sheehan told us about this guy.
PPS: Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney need a fourth for golf. You’d fit right in, sir.