AFP, 30 November 2015
Extensive quotes from Kate Clark’s analysis for AAN of the US military report on the airstrike against the MSF Kunduz clinic – that “cited mistakes so ‘reckless’ that observers said they left open the unsettling question of whether those involved had ripped up their own rulebook in a chaotic effort to take out the Taliban” – in this AFP report:
… a catalogue of errors Cambell listed that ultimately resulted in the AC-130 gunship firing on the hospital went against safeguards that had “long been standard operating procedure”, Kate Clark of Afghanistan Analysts Network said.
“The question remains whether the disregard of these procedures was intentional”, she wrote, underscoring the need for an independent international inquiry into the strike which killed 30 people and which observers have said could amount to a war crime. (…)
At any rate, Clark said it was hard to believe the crew did not know that the building they had in their sights was the MSF hospital, “a highly distinctive building… the only one lit up at night in a city without electricity”. (…)
And Clark said [Campbell’s] admission that headquarters failed to check the strike did not target a protected site amounted to a systemic breakdown that “extended beyond those immediately involved in the operation”.
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