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‘US strike on Afghan hospital no mistake’ – Doctors Without Borders

Sputnik – 19.10.2015

Hitting back at claims from General John Campbell — the commander of NATO and US troops in Afghanistan — who said the hospital had been “mistakenly struck”, Christopher Stokes, the General Director of MSF, said evidence suggested the attack was planned.

“The hospital was repeatedly hit both at the front and the rear and extensively destroyed and damaged, even though we have provided all the coordinates and all the right information to all the parties in the conflict,” Stokes told Associated Press (AP).

“The extensive, quite precise destruction of this hospital… doesn’t indicate a mistake. The hospital was repeatedly hit.”

Clear Explanation Needed

Officials from the charity, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), have said that the bombing attack lasted over an hour, leading to suggestions that it was the legitimate target of the US airstrike.

Stokes also reiterated calls for an independent investigation into the incident to be carried out, saying that the charity wanted “… a clear explanation because all indications point to a grave breach of international humanitarian law, and therefore a war crime.”

The charity has raised concerns over the joint NATO-US-Afghan probe into the attack, saying that officials couldn’t be trusted to carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the incident.

The October 3 attack on the hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed 22 people — 12 staff and 10 patients — with reports some victims were burning in their beds as a result of the bombing.

The US has taken responsibility for the attack, with President Barack Obama apologizing to MSF officials.

Despite the apology and claims that the hospital was “mistakenly” hit, there have been major question marks over how the site was bombed, with medical officials repeatedly maintaining that they had informed US and Afghan officials that the site was being used as a hospital.

MSF Dismisses Taliban Hideout Suggestions

MSF’s claims have been backed up by media reports suggesting US forces were aware the facility was a hospital and had been monitoring the site for days leading up to the attack.

According to a report by AP, a former intelligence official familiar with the details of the incident said that American analysts were scrutinizing the hospital before it was destroyed amid fears the site was being used a base for Taliban operatives.

US officials weren’t aware of the media reports, while MSF General Director Christopher Stokes denied any suggestions that armed Taliban forces were present on the hospital site.

“The compound was not entered by Taliban soldiers with weapons.

“What we have understood from our staff and guards is that there was very strong, very good control of what was happening in and around the compound and they reported no firing in the hours preceding the destruction of the hospital,” Stokes said.

The pressure is now building on United States officials, with accusations that the US is guilty of war crimes as a result of the incident.

Legal experts have said that if it can be proved that the US knew the site was being used as a hospital, then it could amount to war crimes.

MSF has already raised concerns around the current investigation into the attack, saying that there were fears the joint NATO-US-Afghan probe could have potentially destroyed vital evidence after entering the bombed hospital site last week.

The charity has launched an online petition calling on president Obama to allow the Swiss-based International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) to carry out an investigation into the attack. However, the US has failed to grant the commission access to the hospital.

October 19, 2015 - Posted by | Deception, War Crimes | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. So the evidence of a bombed hospital is not enough evidence, this act is murder period. It has become to the point that the USA army can do any thing they want and make up any excuse why it is OK, four or more for this one.

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    Comment by richard123456columbia | October 19, 2015 | Reply

  2. Oh, the Americans may have committed a war crime? Who would have thought it possible?

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    Comment by traducteur | October 19, 2015 | Reply

  3. “Murder most foul”…………….

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 19, 2015 | Reply

  4. Here is the brief War Crimes Act of 1996 we need to take a couple minutes to read. Further research from the data below, will put names and faces as to who voted how and didn’t.

    War crimes is not a rhetorical, is the US law. It allows for capital punishment for those convicted. Only lawful orders are to be carried out. And being ordered to commit war crimes is totally unlawful, and every member of the US Armed Forces need to live up to their oaths, obey the law, and prevent the commission of war crimes by their peers, irrespective of who gave them! — Bill

    110 STAT. 2104 PUBLIC LAW 104–192—AUG. 21, 1996

    LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 3680:

    HOUSE REPORTS: No. 104–698 (Comm. on the Judiciary).
    CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 142 (1996):
    July 29, considered and passed House.
    Aug. 2, considered and passed Senate
    .
    WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 32 (1996): Aug. 21, Presidential statement.
    Æ
    Public Law 104–192
    104th Congress
    An Act
    To amend title 18, United States Code, to carry out the international obligations of the United States under the Geneva Conventions to provide criminal penalties for certain war crimes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
    the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘‘War Crimes Act of 1996’’.

    SEC. 2. CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN WAR CRIMES.
    (a) IN GENERAL—Title 18, United States Code, is amended
    by inserting after chapter 117 the following:

    ‘‘CHAPTER 118—WAR CRIMES
    ‘‘Sec.‘2401. War crimes.

    ‘‘(a) OFFENSE

    .—Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

    ‘‘(b) CIRCUMSTANCES
    .—The circumstances referred to in sub-
    section (a) are that the person committing such breach or the
    victim of such breach is a member of the Armed Forces of the
    United States or a national of the United States (as defined in
    section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act).

    ‘‘(c) DEFINITIONS
    .—As used in this section, the term ‘grave breach of the Geneva Conventions’ means conduct defined as a grave breach in any of the international conventions relating to the laws of warfare signed at Geneva 12 August 1949 or any protocol to any such convention, to which the United States is a party.’’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT
    .—The table of chapters for part I
    of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after
    the item relating to chapter 117 the following new item:

    ‘‘118. War crimes…………………………….2401’’

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    Comment by Bill Mitchell | October 20, 2015 | Reply


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