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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Doctors without Borders Hospital Bombed by the U.S.

Oct 12, 2015

On October 3, a hospital run by the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders came under attack by U.S. warplanes in Kunduz, Afghanistan. More than 100 patients and caretakers were in the hospital at the time, along with 80 doctors, nurses and other staff members. At least seven patients and 12 staff members were killed. At least 37 people were wounded. A week after the attack, nine patients and 24 staff members were still missing.

At first, U.S. authorities claimed they attacked because U.S. and Afghan troops were under fire from militants who were in the hospital. Doctors Without Borders said this simply wasn’t true. Then the U.S. shifted stories, claiming that militants were threatening their troops from areas near the hospital.

Finally, three days after the attack, President Obama apologized to the head of Doctors Without Borders, but claimed the attack had been a “mistake.”

This attack was no “mistake.” When the bombing began, Doctors Without Borders notified both Afghan and U.S. military officials that the hospital was being bombed and gave them the exact coordinates of the hospital–yet the attack continued for 30 minutes.

This hospital was treating wounded fighters in the area no matter what side of the conflict they were on, or if they were civilians simply caught in the crossfire. In the week before the attack, 394 war-wounded were treated and during the past four years between 20,000 and 25,000 people received care, soldiers and civilians combined.

Doctors Without Borders has been forced to withdraw its staff from the severely damaged hospital. Now the people in this war-ravaged region have no hospital to treat them. This is the result of what Obama calls a mistake!

No, it’s part of a policy carried out by the U.S. to control a whole large area of the world involved in the production and transport of oil.