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October 23, 2015

Opinion: Doctors Without Borders Calls for U.S. to Join Bombing Inquiry

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Doctors Without Borders called for the United States to participate in an investigation to be led by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission into the bombing of a hospital run by the medical group in northern Afghanistan.

Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders in the United States, described the Oct. 3 attack, which killed 12 staff and 10 patients, as "a devastating event" and the group's "largest loss of life in a single incident in more than two decades." The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz was the only emergency trauma care center in northern Afghanistan. The group has since withdrawn from the region.

The U.S military confirmed that it was behind the airstrike, with U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell saying the hospital was "mistakenly struck." Doctors Without Borders officials maintain it was intentionally targeted, in violation of international law.