According to documents examined by an unnamed former intelligence official, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was understood to be a military objective and deliberately targeted in the October 3 bombing attack.
The American officials in Afghanistan believed the hospital was used by a covert Pakistani agent working with Pakistani Intelligence, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who had coordinated with Taliban militants engaged in the offensive which briefly took Kunduz.
As stated by the unnamed official, AP revealed intelligence documents which include maps, with buildings encircled and markings indicating movements of the suspected Pakistani agent.
The intelligence documents connote the MSF complex was being used as a center of operations by militants and weapons were stored inside the hospital.
MSF has consistently denied Taliban militants were inside the hospital complex and no Pakistanis were in the hospital the evening of the attack.
In an e-mail to the AP, MSF president, Meinei Nicolai, wrote: “(New details indicate) that the hospital was deliberately targeted. This would amount to premeditated massacre.”
The bombing killed 22 and injured 37.
It’s debatable as to whether or not the truth will ever be revealed.
Once again, the onus is placed on the Americans to offer exculpatory evidence instead of accountability from the Taliban, ISI or MSF.
Despite the tragedy of 22 patients or MSF workers killed and another 37 injured, MSF likely has a tale to tell or a strong moral sermon to deliver. Regardless, the leitmotifs which run through MSF press releases or news conferences reveal not contempt for the cruel foes the United States seeks to vanquish, but a scorn for the truth and derision for U.S. policy in the region.
Three independent inquiries are being conducted. Let’s wait for their conclusions.
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