US Troops Responsible for Murdering 45 in Hospital Bombing Given Counseling as a “Punishment”

no-punishment-for-troops-who-bombed-hosptialBy Claire Bernish

After bombing a Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontières, MSF) hospital in Afghanistan — and shooting at terrified victims as they fled the chaos, and then attempting to cover up its role in the tragedy — the Pentagon is refusing to press charges against any of the 16 service members found to be responsible.

Following a six-month Pentagon investigation, those 16 service members were found culpable in the attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, last year that left 42 patients, staff members, and civilians dead. According to the Los Angeles Times:

The 16 found at fault include a two-star general, the crew of an Air Force AC-130 attack aircraft, and Army special forces personnel, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal investigation.

One officer was suspended from command and ordered out of Afghanistan. The other 15 were given lesser punishments: Six were sent to counseling, seven were issued letters of reprimand, and two were ordered to retraining courses.

Immediately following the attack, MSF — an international medical humanitarian organization — issued several statements with telling first-hand accounts of the madness that ensued during and after the repeated bombing.

“Many staff describe people being shot, most likely from the plane, as people tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each airstrike. Some accounts mention shooting that appeared to follow the movement of people on the run,” read one such statement from MSF.

So flagrant was the targeting, MSF, and human rights groups around the globe intimated the U.S. was likely guilty of committing a war crime. In fact, that the 16 military servicemen responsible for the attack have been handed the equivalent of a wrist slap over the apparent mistake, it’s arguable whether the U.S. has taken full responsibility.

According to the Times, the military members “believed they were targeting a separate building several hundred yards away where several Taliban fighters were supposedly hiding.”

That explanation, in itself, appears suspicious, considering, as MSF has repeatedly explained, all sides in any conflict where MSF operates are given precise GPS coordinates of their facilities — specifically to prevent such a grievous error. In fact, just prior to the Kunduz hospital bombing, MSF had resent those coordinates to the U.S. — from just outside the facility’s front door.

“The gravity of harm caused by the reported failures to follow protocol in Kunduz appears to constitute gross negligence that warrants active pursuit of criminal liability,” asserted Donna McKay, executive director of the nonprofit Physicians for Human Rights, in a letter to the White House cited by the Times.

In the days and weeks following the bombing, the U.S. glaringly, repeatedly changed its explanation of what had taken place, as the Pentagon initially claimed it had no idea if it had even hit a hospital. Eventually, in November, Gen. John F. Campbell, then-commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, stated, the “cause of this tragedy was … avoidable human error, compounded by process and equipment failures.”

This investigation by the Pentagon appears to confirm its own statement in the matter but offers little in the way of accountability for the deaths of 42 volunteers and civilians, nor the trauma of their families and those who survived.

Incidentally, the U.S. opportunistically and quietly took responsibility for the bombing in the wake of the attacks on Brussels, Belgium.

MSF has decided to refrain from commenting on this latest report, pending an announcement by Gen. Joseph L. Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, slated for Friday. Some 3,000 pages of (likely heavily) redacted information from the Pentagon investigation will follow that official statement.

Claire Bernish writes for, where this article first appeared.

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21 Comments on "US Troops Responsible for Murdering 45 in Hospital Bombing Given Counseling as a “Punishment”"

  1. yEshUA ImmAnUEl | April 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm | Reply

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  2. Murderers and traitors, but REMEMBER; “Support Our Troops, and DONATE to Handjob Hannity’s ‘Wounded Warrior Foundation’.

    What a joke.

    • No More BS Please | May 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Reply

      Go f-u-c-k yourself – to make that blanket statement and include the entire military service proves you need to be in front of the rifle and no loss when the trigger is pulled.

      Far more good has happened to you in your entitled, spoiled and smug world than bad – and much of it because you have rule of law – guaranteed by PEOPLE who wear or wore uniforms.

      Snowflake – you need to find a safe space and visit with trigglypuff

  3. Mistake? Try telling cops that if YOU do something wrong!

  4. They just did it again in Aleppo Syria!…US/ Khazarian Mafia parasitical ‘dogs of war’…. just bombed another hospital there with multiple deaths…. especially women & children….psychotic acts of abject murder…depraved indifference & despicable depravity.

  5. Many believe that MSF far from the squeaky clean humanitarian organization they promote them selves as is actually a front for Big Pharma and Big Vaccine; not that they do not do good work TOO. The attacked hospital may have been somehow involved in the Heroin trade and HAD to be destroyed before it provided EVIDENCE of the Heroin trade and who is in charge of the Heroin trade. Guess who is more or less in control in Afghanistan?

    It would sure be nice if we had a “government” who could conduct an HONEST investigation. But we do not.

  6. I don’t blame the soldiers for this. I blame ALL americans for sending them over there.

    • ALL Americans did not send them there.

      • We are ALL responsible for the slaughter of innocents abroad. The question is: What are you prepared to do about it?

        • I don’t agree, but what are you prepared to do about it? What are you suggesting, if anything? One thing I’m not going to do is vote for another lying politician. I’m also trying to avoid buying as many products as possible so that I don’t support the corrupt corporations that are run by those who set the warmongering agenda.

          • I agree that the political class & their corporate masters are the problem. I refer to them as The Ruling Class. They are neofascists. SECESSION is the answer. People of the various States must DECLARE THEIR INDEPENDENCE from fedgov & SECEDE. Just like some folks I’ve heard of did in 1776!!!

  7. hvaiallverden | April 29, 2016 at 2:42 am | Reply

    I find this whitewashing despecable, all thoe the idiots in the Army, whom is neither quiltless, the C130 crew, whom pounded this compound isnt free, they knew and dont insult our intellegence with bullshit, every one of them knew this was an hospitale, every single one of them, whatever they filled their heads with to justify this, is totally irrelevant since they knew this was an hispotale.

    If any, the heads on topp of the ratpack, should hang, and how on earth can this people even manage to look at them selfs in the mirror without been sick, prozac, huh.

    Why do people awaite anything, when someone was here the last time, all thoe all powerfull beyound human comprehensions and knowledge, didnt do anything.
    Why, I know they could move this entrie planet of they wante to, but diid nothing.
    That shoudl scare you more than anything else, because this is in the end about Humans, and our free will, the gift from our Creatore, the enation of the enternal fire within, witch is everywhere.

    And on topp of it, ignorant to an extent that is why we are alone. If we cant make it by our self, why on earth should the rest have any respect or anything to do with an primitive, violent greedy breed of shitheads.
    Thats the ugly truth, scraped to the core.
    The choice is all ours, the path to enlightenment is sayed countless of times, and what to expect as an outcome.
    Cpartementalised religion driven by man, have been mans greatest enemy. its have even scraed people shitless when regarding our very own consciousness and what reality de facto is.
    The materialistic science this days is so bonkers its become an meer joke.
    And to my great horror, totally irelevant to other than the corrupt ind. complex and even more corrupt politics.
    I could tell you things you will not even consdier real, at all, not even the wildest “conspiracy” knows about this, some people do, thats why I keep it out, because and this is dead serious, we are humans, and in that sense our biggest problem is that we have to learn to crawl before we can walk, and walk before we can learn to runn, have trust in your self/selfdisiplin, this path forward would just make you depart into something that is covere by obscuretys as notions of demons, and “shamanism” and so on, this descriptions havent anything to do with consiousness, but the missunderstandings, missinterpitations, downright fallacys, and above all, descrptions of things they have no idea of what was/is, other than resort to old tales and historys, where some of it isnt simply true or obscured.
    One ex. the ancient Egyptians knew this, from Lucid dreaming to the other side, witch acording to me, is the energetic entetys world.
    You have even been given you the truth about Kabalah, witch is mutch more advanced than moust of you can imagine, and missinterpited to oblivion.

    Consciousness is The fundamentall force of everything, the rest is just about how fast the spinning of the “tantra” goes..
    Capice, everything you need, is already here in you, the problem is to gett ridd of all the f…. nioce.


  8. These people were most likely told that the people in the hospital were some sort of spies or something. It is the higher-ups or decision-makers who should be “punished.”

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  10. No More BS Please | May 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Reply

    Schitte happens

    In fact this is a white wash job and I would bet a coffee at the local coffee shop there is far more to it.

    The lefties will not worry about that.

    Far easier to blame the guys holding the weapons.

    If anything I would be it came right from the POS in the WH.

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