Tag Archive: Afghanistan

It doesn’t have to be this way. If we all stand up their game is over.
What if it was your children, your loved ones?

I wanted to put this in the “Human Condition” category, but this is not human behavior.


U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime.

MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday’s air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff.

Obama telephoned MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, International President Joanne Liu to apologize and express his condolences, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Asked whether Obama offered some explanation to Liu, Earnest said no.


“He merely offered his heartfelt apology” and a commitment to find out what went wrong, he said.

Earnest said Obama told Liu that a U.S. investigation would “provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident. And that, if necessary, the president would implement changes to make tragedies like this one less likely to occur in the future.”

MSF said that the commission’s inquiry would gather facts and evidence from the United States, NATO and Afghanistan, as well as testimony from MSF staff and patients who survived.

Only then would MSF consider whether to bring criminal charges for loss of life and partial destruction of its trauma hospital, which has left tens of thousands of Afghans without access to health care, it said.

“If we let this go, as if it was a non-event, we are basically giving a blank check to any countries who are at war,” Liu told a news briefing in Geneva. “If we don’t safeguard that medical space for us to do our activities, then it is impossible to work in other contexts like Syria, South Sudan, like Yemen.”

Neither the United States nor Afghanistan were signatories to the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) but Jason Cone, executive director of MSF in the United States, called on Obama to consent to the commission.



Naser Azizi ‏@NasirAzizi1 6m
Breaking News: A strong explosion heard in Kabul near #U.S embassy. it is cited it is in front of Afghan Supreme court.

shafi @ShafiSharifi 5m
#BREAKING Huge explosion near supreme court in #Kabul #Afghanistan

M.A.Farid Ansari ‏@farid_ansar 4m
Breaking: An explosion heared around #Kabul, Airport road

A heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul early Tuesday.
The blast has reportedly taken place on Kabul airport and close to the vicinity of Supreme Court.


Parwiz Kawa ‏@parwizkawa 1m
Breaking: Explosion in #Kabul near #US #Embassy on Airport Road. No details available yet. Huge smoke has reportedly covered the area.


BREAKING: Huge explosion reported near the US Embassy in #Kabul, Afghanistan; no details …photo via @Humayoonbabur
News 24/7 ‏@News24_7Aus 1m Explosion in Kabul targeted U.S. convoy, witness tells IHA. No word on casualties. #breaking
KABUL: A large blast ripped through central Kabul on Tuesday (Sep 16), shaking buildings and setting off the siren alert at the US embassy as emergency vehicles raced through the streets to assess the damage.


Large bomb in Afghan capital Kabul


Embassy of the United States Kabul, Afghanistan: Home


“@W7VOA: .@Reuters witness: Body of foreigner in uniform lying at scene of #Kabul blast which tore through cars on main airport rd. near US Embassy.”

“@W7VOA: .@AP quotes police official saying suicide car bomber targeted foreign convoy ~200 meters from @USEmbassyKabul. #Afghanistan”

A huge explosion rattled windows in Afghanistan’s capital early on Tuesday, sending a plume of white smoke rising above eastern Kabul and killing at least one person, a witness said.

The blast tore through cars on the main airport road near the U.S. Embassy, leaving them tangled hunks of metal. A Reuters witness saw the dead body of at least one foreigner in a uniform lying at the scene.

Aleem Agha ‏@Aghaaleem 8m
Initial info says it was a suicide attack target foreign forces convoy in front of new Kabul compound #kabul explosion
Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-reports-of-a-huge-explosion-in-kabul-near-us-embassy-apparently-targeting-us-convoy/#tr520yrBtfWDR4KX.99

Now, leave them to it this time!

Even the Daily Express, hardly a friend of the anti-war movement, says David Cameron’s declaration of “mission accomplished” does not stand up to scrutiny”.
It was ten years ago that George Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and proclaimed ‘mission accomplished’ in Iraq. Given the subsequent record, you might have imagined David Cameron would have thought twice about repeating the words in reference to Afghanistan.

What does this say about their true motivations?

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