The oldest war crime in the book?

by | Oct 6, 2015 | Staff blogs | 0 comments

Bertrand Taithe

During the night of Friday to Saturday 3 October 2015 the US airforce bombed a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. The attack destroyed the hospital and killed (as of today, 5 October) 13 Medecins sans Frontires staff and about 10 of their patients. The US military soon recognized their responsibility in this attack, MSF has been prompt to denounce the attack as a war crime. The US army after announcing that an inquiry would be needed to find out the full facts now seem to be using Afghan sources to justify this attack. The Washington Post now makes room for claims that the attack may have been warranted – that the compound may have been a refuge for armed Talibans. Under fire from the hospital, its destruction would have been warranted in tactical terms.

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