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US Disciplines at Least 12 for Airstrike on Hospital

Strike on Doctors Without Borders hospital a 'tragic but avoidable accident'

(Newser) - More than a dozen US military personnel have been disciplined, but face no criminal charges, for errors that led to the aerial attack on a civilian hospital that killed 42 people in northern Afghanistan last year, say US defense officials speaking anonymously. Per the AP , the officials say the disciplinary... More »

Doctors Without Borders Says US Plane Shot Staff Fleeing Airstrike

They 'were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building'

(Newser) - Not only was a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan destroyed during a US airstrike last month, but an American plane shot people attempting to get out of the facility, according to the nonprofit's report on the incident released Thursday. "Thirty of our patients and medical staff died,... More »

US Making 'Condolence Payments' in Hospital Bombing

Pentagon says it's 'important to address the consequences of the tragic incident'

(Newser) - President Obama has apologized for the American-led airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz that killed 22, but the Pentagon is now putting its money where the White House's mouth is, reports the Los Angeles Times . "The Department of Defense believes it is important to address... More »

Doctors Without Borders Seeks First-of-Its-Kind Inquiry

'Even war has rules," says group of airstrike on hospital

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders isn't letting the deadly airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan slip quietly away. The group Wednesday called the US bombing that killed 12 of its staffers and 10 patients "an attack on the Geneva Conventions" and called for an unprecedented independent investigation, reports Voice of... More »

US Story About Hospital Airstrike Changes Yet Again

Doctors Without Borders wants to know why it's the 4th version in 4 days

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge about Saturday's bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, with the US military commander in Afghanistan testifying Tuesday that it was due to US directive. "To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the... More »

Why Proving Hospital Bombing Was 'War Crime' Will Be Tough

Doesn't look like US has anything to fear in terms of the ICC

(Newser) - The UN high commissioner for human rights on Sunday suggested the US attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a war crime . For the international aid group, there is no doubt. "We're under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed,"... More »

As Accusations Swirl, MSF Shuts Bombed Hospital

US claims it was responding to Taliban threat

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders on Sunday closed its bombed-out hospital in the Afghanistan city of Kunduz and evacuated its personnel, amid no shortage of controversy over the US-led airstrikes that killed 19 at the trauma center Saturday. The medical charity known by French initials MSF did not go quietly, reports the... More »

Suspected US Strike on Hospital Kills 16, Including Children

Doctors Without Borders says US knew where Afghan clinic was

(Newser) - The international charity Doctors Without Borders says at least nine local staffers and seven patients—including three children—were killed when its clinic came under "sustained bombing" Saturday in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, where Afghan officials say helicopter gunships had returned fire from Taliban sheltering in the... More »

Taliban's Rule in Seized City Was Short, Brutal

Militants targeted women's shelter in Kunduz

(Newser) - The Taliban was only in full control of Kunduz for a couple of days, but that was more than long enough to remind the world that it can still rival ISIS for brutality. Residents tell the New York Times that within hours of their victory, the militants promised that Taliban... More »

Afghan Forces 'Retake' Seized City

Kunduz residents say heavy fighting is still underway

(Newser) - Afghan government forces pushed overnight into the strategic northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban earlier this week, forcing the insurgents to retreat in heavy street fighting that was still underway Thursday. A government spokesman says the operation was launched late Wednesday, with ground forces moving from... More »

US Special Forces Hit Taliban in Seized City: Report

100 troops reportedly involved in mission near Kunduz airport

(Newser) - Special forces from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, reportedly including US troops, battled Taliban militants on the ground in Kunduz Wednesday in an attempt to retake the city after Afghan forces were overrun Monday. It marks the first time foreign forces have clashed with the Taliban during the conflict in... More »

US Helps Counter-Attack After Huge Taliban Win

Kunduz airstrike comes as Afghan forces regroup

(Newser) - The US military carried out an airstrike on Tuesday on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban the previous day in a major setback to the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. On the ground, Afghan forces are regrouping to try to take back this... More »

$7.3M US-Built Afghan Police Camp Sits Nearly Empty

Inspectors find Kunduz compound locked, unused

(Newser) - A $7.3 million, 12-building compound built by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Afghan Border Police resembled a ghost town just two months after it was handed over to Afghan authorities, Reuters reports. Inspectors found just 12 personnel at the Kunduz province base camp, which had been... More »

Afghans Lob Grenades at US Base, Clashes Continue

Karzai pleads for return to calm

(Newser) - Protesters angry over Korans burned by American troops tossed grenades at a US base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a sixth day of violence that left seven international troops wounded and two Afghans dead. "Tensions are running very high here and I think we... More »

Afghan Man Strangles Wife for Having Girl

He's at large, mom who aided him busted: cops

(Newser) - An Afghan militiaman strangled his wife for giving birth to a third daughter instead of a son, according to law enforcement authorities. The 28-year-old victim was killed in her home in the northern province of Kunduz by her husband and his mother just three months after the woman had the... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 33 in Afghanistan

Four children among the dead

(Newser) - A suicide bomber posing as an army volunteer struck an Afghan army recruitment center in the northern province of Kunduz today, killing at least 33 people, Afghan officials said. It was the second suicide bombing in five days in Kunduz, where al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and numerous other militant groups, including... More »

Taliban Suspected in Schoolgirls' Poisoning

Militants deny involvement after 88 fall ill

(Newser) - At least 88 schoolgirls and their teachers have been hospitalized in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan over the last week because of what authorities suspect are poison gas attacks by the Taliban. The militant group, however—which isn't known for its unwillingness to own up to atrocities—firmly denies involvement, the ... More »

Joint Sting Bags Another Key Taliban Leader

US-Pakistan effort captures provincial 'shadow governor'

(Newser) - On the heels of news that US and Pakistani forces working together captured the Taliban’s No. 2 leader comes word that the cooperative effort has bagged the group’s “shadow governor” of Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province. The Pakistanis pinched Mullah Abdul Salam last week in the northeastern... More »

Taliban Makes Surprise Return in N. Afghanistan

Kunduz thought secure enough to move troops elsewhere

(Newser) - With US and Afghan forces focused on the southern regions of Afghanistan, the Taliban has popped up in the country’s northern Kunduz province—not only far from its home area but until recently seen as peaceful enough that soldiers and policemen have been transferred from the area to help... More »

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