U.S. Bombs Afghanistan Hospital, Kills At Least 9 Doctors And 3 Children, Calls It "Collateral Damage"

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 2: the death toll has risen to 16, including 9 hospital staffers and 3 children.

Update: and now the UN is getting involved, which means the US will have to spend even more taxpayer funds on bribes to make the "international community" forget this collateral damage incident and refocus on evil Russia.


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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for US foreign policy, or for the credibility of the US state department to slide further, it got much worse.

Less than a day after US ambassador to the UN, uber-warhawk Samantha Power informed Russia of the latest US foreign policy stance by tweeter, when she called "on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians" in the latest desperate attempt to halt the Russian campaign against US-created ISIS which may wipe out the terrorist threat in just a few short days, it was the US itself which admitted that early on Saturday the US airforce bombed an Afghan hospital run by the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors without Borders, in the Afghan city of Kunduz in an air strike that killed at least nine people and wounded 37.

As the Executive Director, of Doctors without Borders Jason Cone tweeted, "all parties 2 conflict, including in Kabul & Washington, were clearly informed of precise GPS Coordinates of @MSF facilities in Kunduz" and that the "precise location of @MSF Kunduz hospital communicated to all parties on multiple occasions over past months, including on 9/29."

In other words, this morning's US bombing was nothing more than another example of the utter incompetence, carelessness and disregard for innocent civilian lives that has become a staple hallmark of US foreign policy, something we have already witnessed repeatedly in the past 6 years as a result of the thousands of innocent people dead as part of US drone attacks, also known as "collateral damage."

The attack, which started at 2:15am local time, took place when almost 200 patients and employees were in the hospital, the only one in the region that can deal with major injuries, Medecins Sans Frontieres said.

The aftermath of the US bombing:

At the aid group's bombed-out hospital, one wall of a building had collapsed, scattering fragments of glass and wooden door frames, and three rooms were ablaze, said Saad Mukhtar, director of public health in Kunduz.

A video of the aftermath was also released moments ago:

"Thick black smoke could be seen rising from some of the rooms," Mukhtar said after a visit to the hospital. "The fighting is still going on, so we had to leave."

"We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz," the aid group's operations director, Bart Janssens, said in a statement.

"I could hear sounds of heavy gunfire, explosions and airplanes throughout the night," said Khodaidad, who has only one name. "There were several huge explosions and it sounded like the roof was falling on me."

As expected, Doctors without Borders was furious after the attack:

Worse, as Cone adds, the US bombing raid "continued for >30 minutes after American & Afghan military officials in Kabul & Washington first informed of proximity to hospital." Not only was the US bombardment uncalled for, but it continued long after supervisors were made aware they should call it off.

Perhaps the only thing the US military got right was admitting it was responsible for this latest murder of innocent civilians, when it issued a statement acknowledging that it carried out airstrikes, claimed they were conducted "against individuals threatening the force," and conceded that "the strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility."

Oh well, oops?

Meanwhile the drama at the hospital continues:

While the US tried to justify its latest murder of innocents by supposedly engaging the Taliban, a spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said U.S. air strikes targeted the hospital, killing killed patients, doctors and nurses adding that "no militant fighter was a patient" the group said. The U.S. military has unleashed twelve air strikes this week in support of government forces in the city. Most airstrikes hit targets on the city's outskirts and the overnight strike was only the second in a central area, the military said.

MSF said it had treated almost 400 patients in the 150-bed hospital since fighting broke out, most for gunshot wounds.


So many patients have flooded in that the hospital has had to put them in offices and on mattresses on the floor. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was "deeply shocked" by the incident.


"This is an appalling tragedy," said Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan. "Such attacks undermine the capacity of humanitarian organizations to assist the Afghan people at a time when they most urgently need it."

As Glenn Greenwald points out, "it’s impossible to fathom what the U.S. media would be saying and doing if Russia did something like this in Syria. By contrast, the reaction to this airstrike by their own government will be muted and filled with apologia, ironically quite similar to the widely vilified caricature of Jeb Bush’s comments about the Oregon shooting spree: stuff happens."

It's quite possible to "fathom" what the "objective" US media's reaction to this horrific tragedy will be: utter silence. Which, however will not be the reaction from the rest of the world, which with every passing day realizes that when it comes to Pax American, the only this that matters for the Obama administration is appeasing his generous backers from the US military industrial complex which just happen to arm all sides in the conflict. That and the banks who provide the loans, of course.

However, when it comes to the now four-year-long attempt by the US to pass a Qatar gas pipeline under Syria, even if it means crushing the nation, destroying its economy, and unleashing the worst refugee wave in European history, one thing is clear: the US has just lost any US credibility when it comes to criticizing Putin's or anyone else's "attacks on civilians."

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fudge's picture

Just when you think it could go no lower, we get bombing hospitals and murdering Doctors Without Borders staff :(

Well done America.


HenryHall's picture

Unlikely that the Americans intentionally bombed a Medcin sans Frontiers hospital. Much more likely they simply do not care what kind of building it is. Anything to spread chaos and violence. To seed hate and disruption throughout the world.

fudge's picture

did you read this in the article above ?

See here....

Worse, as Cone adds, the US bombing raid "continued for >30 minutes after American & Afghan military officials in Kabul & Washington first informed of proximity to hospital."

you're a fucking retard.

Motasaurus's picture

It's like the US has become a charicature of a comic book villain. 

Sorry premillenialists, the U.S.A. is not a stand in for Babylon. No-one will mourn the destruction.  

SWRichmond's picture

Was someone having a wedding onsite?

remain calm's picture

Obama will burn in hell. Why in the fuck are we even there? What fucking interest is served that we have to kill people, ruin lifes? How fucking sick are the people who run are government? Can someonr ruin the lifes of the people who made these decisions? 

remain calm's picture

We collateralized some folks.

Lumberjack's picture

We re-hypothecated some mistakes.

BoNeSxxx's picture

We are there to keep the opium fileds in full production after the Taliban nearly eradicated them.  Do some homework.  The truth will set you free.

lesamourai's picture

John McCain: Killing browny colored people is loads of fun - militia, civilians, doctors, it's all the same to us.  But when you Russians kill OUR terrorists, that really pisses us off !!

A Nanny Moose's picture

How fucking sick are the people who run are government?

They work for an organization with the monopoly right to initiate force, and they got there through divine right of the majority.

Any questions?

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Remain calm -> We are in Afghanistan to control drug market, guard the the poppy fields. George "poppy" Bush. CIA is "the" drug traffic organization.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Move over Ortiz, H.W. is the real Big Poppy.

omi's picture

Saudis took care of that one.

rwe2late's picture

 Not without US help and endorsement.

Are you aware the US re-fuels the Saudi planes in flight?




EuroPox's picture

In the meantime, Vlad has just precision bombed an ISIS command center (that somehow the US had not bothered with - don't know why) and managed it without destroying a single hospital.

Obama 0 : 3 Putin

Motasaurus's picture

Tell that to the Western press. 

They're pretty outraged at the unconfirmed, unnamed, and unverified "at least 39 civilian casualties" from Russian airstrikes.

And gee, it's a shame that the MSF hospital got caught up (as the sole target) of a U.S. airstrike. 

EuroPox's picture

I think they are outraged, that we are outraged, that they feed us on a diet of lies and expect us to swallow it.

YHC-FTSE's picture

"Tell that to the Western press. "

We all know the images and videos above of the US bombing in Afghanistan will be doctored and used as "proof" that the Russians are bombing civilians in Syria in the coming weeks - just as they were this week.

The more I read about this US bombing raid on the hospital which does not even come anywhere near to being described as "collateral damage", the more I think there must be more to it. Perhaps some MSF staff got wind of CIA heroin shipments and were about to talk to journalists? It seems like a very deliberate and desperate act.

Anyway, I'm just very tired and sad to witness all the cannibal apes doing what they do best: War.

delacroix's picture

multiple layers of target selection and verification, prior to initiation. it was intentional, just like the chinese embassy. and fukushima was sabotage as well.

SuperRay's picture

Obama will come out and in his most frustrated and self-righteous voice will say we have to politicize this issue because it's happened so often that we've become numb to it.  Americans have to be a one issuer voter when it comes to droning innocent civilians.  Then the media will interview all types of pundits who will call for appeal of the constitution to stop the droning.

That'll happen, won't it?

nmewn's picture

"Obama will come out and in his most frustrated and self-righteous voice will say we have to politicize this issue because it's happened so often that we've become numb to it."


Ain't that the truth, famous words the prevericator-in-chief will never say: "When government bombs are outlawed, only outlaw governments will have bombs!"

For the cheeelrin ;-) 

TeamDepends's picture

Nah, they'll probably shoot up another school as a diversion.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

That shooting sure was right on time. The Media was worried about having to stretch The Popo and Kim Show to a full 20 minute segment.

Afghanistan assured the US that the hospital treated a terrrist - so whew, make sure that gets heavy rotation....

conscious being's picture

Obama 0 : more than a bazillion Putin. Russia saves the world ... again.

Winston Churchill's picture

Whhen you have the squid running Uncle Scam theres lots of 'feet' to shoot yourself

in.But even this Laurel and Hardy show in DC is managing to run out.

researchfix's picture

"In a joint statement on Friday, the US, UK, Turkey and other coalition members said Russian strikes would "only fuel more extremism"

 Transported this from the other thread.

HowdyDoody's picture

The bunker was also allegedly (by the Russian/Syrian intelligence) a 'video conferencing' center. This just screams of standard MBA management/marketing/pr bullshit.

MBA: Guys, we need a video conferencing center to maximize our global presence in the lunatic nutjob market.

Drone: If we had a green screen studio, we could do some great marketing videos.

MBA: We also need a green screen studio so we can do some great marketing videos. I have contacts in the movie industry who will help out for the right fee.


booboo's picture

"I'm pretty good at killing people"


LasVegasDave's picture

Stupid do gooder NWO doctors will receive posthumous Darwin awards. 

Too bad they wont be able to vote for Obama again.

Xibalba's picture

That's exactly how the Generals think!  You blowtartd militarist douchebag fat fucker. 

where_is the_nuke's picture

Haha, you are a Kike. You are pissed off because the Muricans are realizing that the Afghans are not their enemies but the parasitic Kikes like you are. Enjoy your time Kike while you can coz ultimately you are going to go to the gas chambers. Unfinished job will be finished.

nosam's picture
nosam (not verified) fudge Oct 3, 2015 8:14 AM

I didnt see any indication of an apology or even the hint of one forthcoming.

Calling it "collateral damage" is the same as saying "shit happens".

CheapBastard's picture

Does make me wonder if these pilots have a conscience or are so brainwashed that they shrug off cold-blooded murder.

Motasaurus's picture

They're so hopped up on army-administered amphetamines they;re incapable of rational thought. 

You've got to wait until they get back home and have no career prospects and their supply runs out. Then their guilty conscience will solve the problem of what to do with hundreds of thousands of unemployed vets. 

Ms No's picture

I dated one (zipper shirted sun god) for a brief period of time before realizing my mistake.  They are heavily indocrinated, usually officers and many come out of your elite navy schools and have fathers that are high on up on the chain.  The military no doubt has psychological screening that insures that these guys don't have too many empathy problems.  The one that I dated claimed conservativism and yet was of the opinion that the US population should be disarmed because only our military needed weapons, wonder where he got that idea. 

It's about time we started using their screening against them. 

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Like Bonesmen, they screen for sociopathy - a highly desirable trait.

Sparehead's picture

I'm sure this wasn't intentional. Someone making an idiotic mistake is far more likely. This administration has their hands full with damage control already. They certainly didn't need this. They're quite capable of phucking everything up just with good intentions. And speaking from experience, I'd expect over 30 minutes for word to percolate from a political liasion, through the chain of command, to the man with his finger on the trigger. That's not unusual. It's not like this was some high profile operation, complete with White House photo op.

conscious being's picture

Can you read? Do you understand English?

Sparehead's picture

Help me out then. What point did I miss that shows absolute proof of this being an intentional attack on a med facility? Do you really think everything that happens, especially in a war zone, is done by some super-competent shadowy force?

Berspankme's picture

MSF was pretty clear that they had given the coordinates of the hospital days before

Sparehead's picture

That's no proof against my statement "Someone making an idiotic mistake is far more likely." I can assure you pilots (and artillery personnel - as it's not 100% clear what the attack consisted of) are not infallible. I wouldn't even make the assumption that those coordinates got passed to all the necessary personnel. If it was some form of air strike, it's easy to become disoriented at night. A makeshift hospital at night doesn't look any different from any other similarly lighted structure.


The military is made up of human beings organized in a huge bureaucracy. Why do assume they're so competent? Are there any other bureaucracies that you consider incapable of making mistakes?

conscious being's picture

Chinese embassy in Belgrade. "It was an accident". You are full of horse shit.

"A makeshift hospital at night..." Stop with your made up garbage. There was nothing "makeshift" about the hospital. It had been there for years. Th coordinates were communicated. Pilots are given targets in the USAF. They have groups that decide on and assign targets. They don't just ride around deciding on the fly that this or that building needs to be crushed.

Sparehead's picture

Mmmwahaha!, you caught me. It's all been part of our diabolical plans, but so too was this conversation. Now we have you thinking exactly what we want. 

We're also lacing your pot with methylenedioxypyrovalerone-paranoidium.

conscious being's picture

More useless talkings. I hear its a tough job market. Maybe you should try harder?