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‘Unacceptable’: Kunduz Survivors Lambaste Pentagon Claim of No War Crime

They should be treated as murders’

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 4-30-2016

Photo: Twitter

Photo: Twitter

“Unacceptable.”

That’s the reaction from 27-year old Hamdullah to the Pentagon’s announcement Friday that the U.S. military’s deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan did not amount to a war crime.

His uncle was among the 42 people killed in the October 3, 2015 strike. Continue reading

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Outrageous Targeting’ as MSF-Supported Hospital in Syria Bombed

‘Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?’

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 4-28-2016

In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Validated UGC via AP video)

In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Validated UGC via AP video)

Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that a hospital it supported in the Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed, destroying the key pediatric facility and killing at least 14 people.

The medical humanitarian aid group, also known by its French acronym, MSF, said in a statement that two doctors were among the casualties, including one of last pediatricians in Aleppo, and that other medical structures in the city had also been attacked this week.

Witnesses said the Al Quds hospital was hit by a missile from a fighter jet Wednesday, according to CNN. Continue reading

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Rights Groups: Pentagon’s Wrist-Slap for Kunduz Hospital Bombing “An Insult”

Pentagon said it would issue “administrative punishments” against service members responsible for deadly bombing, but would not file any criminal charges

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 3-18-2016

Kunduz clinic staff scramble to treat injured patients after the October bombing. (Photo: MSF)

Kunduz clinic staff scramble to treat injured patients after the October bombing. (Photo: MSF)

Human rights groups said the Pentagon’s disciplinary actions against U.S. military personnel for the October bombing of a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan were both “an injustice and an insult.”

The Department of Defense announced late Wednesday it would issue “administrative punishments” against 12 service members responsible for the disastrous bombing that resulted in the deaths of 42 patients and staff—but would not file any criminal charges. Continue reading

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Saudis Drop US Bombs on Ambulance in Yemen

By Claire Bernish. Published 1-22-2016 by The Anti-Media

Saudi air attack in Yemen using US manufactured cluster weapons (which are banned) Image: Amnesty international/Twitter

Saudi air attack in Yemen using US manufactured cluster weapons (which are banned) Image: Amnesty international/Twitter

Saada, Yemen — In the latest of a mounting number of similar cases, a Saudi airstrike killed at least eighteen people on Thursday — including a Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF)-affiliated ambulance that had just arrived on the scene to aid victims from a previous strike.

It should be noted the Saudi-led coalition has been accused multiple timesincluding less than two weeks ago, of employing U.S.-made weapons — including internationally-banned cluster bombs — to attack civilians. The U.S., itself, has been waging a heavy drone campaign in the war-ravaged nation — two people were killed on Tuesday by a U.S. drone — and a report in September proved U.S. drones have been responsible for more civilian deaths than even al-Qaeda. Continue reading

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Deaths Reported as MSF-Linked Hospital Bombed in Yemen

The medical charity said it ‘cannot confirm’ attacker but noted the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the two other air strikes in last three months

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 1-10-2016

Photo: Gordon Zammit [GFDL 1.2] via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Gordon Zammit [GFDL 1.2] via Wikimedia Commons

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Sunday morning, killing at least four people and wounding eleven—marking the third attack in as many months against a facility associated with the medical charity.

MSF said in a statement that it “cannot confirm the origin of the attack” on the Shiara Hospital, which is located in the Razeh district. But the organization noted that “planes were seen flying over the facility at the time.”  Continue reading

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Backing MSF, Human Rights Watch Says US Must Consent to War Crimes Probe

‘We believe that there is a strong basis for determining that criminal liability exists,’ group states in new letter to Gen. Carter

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 12-21-2015

The bombing in October killed at least 42 patients and staff. (Photo: MSF)

The bombing in October killed at least 42 patients and staff. (Photo: MSF)

There is “strong” evidence that the U.S. military attack on a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan two months ago constituted a criminal act, and should be investigated as such, Human Rights Watch said Monday in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (pdf).

“The attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz involved possible war crimes,” said the advocacy group’s Washington director Sarah Margon. “The ongoing U.S. inquiry will not be credible unless it considers criminal liability and is protected from improper command influence.” Continue reading

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