The U.S. military launched a vicious military assault on a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the early morning of October 3, 2015. The U.S. killed ten patients, 12 staff and injured 37.
Doctors Without Borders declared the incident a war crime and shut down its operations in Kunduz on October 4.
The imperialist media scrambled to justify this blatant act of criminal aggression by U.S. imperialism against the Afghan people. The imperialists didn’t get their story straight before going public so multiple revisions had to be made to their initial lie.
The U.S. military first claimed they made the decision to attack insurgents operating from within the hospital.
Two days later, U.S. army general John Campbell, the top soldier in the American-led military coalition in Afghanistan, gave a different story.
He shifted the blame onto the Afghan military, claiming that the Afghans requested the strike on Doctors Without Borders. Campbell insisted it was a mistake, not a war crime.
He said, “We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.”
The aerial attacks on Kunduz involved a four-engine AC-130 gunship, which fires guns from the left side of its fuselage while banking in a steady turn over its target. These “mistaken” air strikes went on for over an hour.
More than 26,000 Afghans are estimated to have been killed by U.S.-backed forces, as of January 2015.
The Watson Institute study reports: “Many Afghans dealing with ill health and war wounds find it difficult to get to hospitals and clinics because violence makes roads unsafe.
“The war has exacerbated the effects of poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation, lack of access to healthcare and environmental degradation on Afghans’ health.”
Victory to the Afghans of Kunduz!
Smash U.S. imperialism!