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Kunduz madrassa attack: Losing the moral high ground

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al-Jazeera, 5 April 2018

Op-ed by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig at the English website of the Qatar-based TV station, saying:

… even if a high number of Taliban commanders had been present, and even if they had held a war council there, hiding among civilians – firing at such a crowd does, according to the Geneva Convention, amount to the disproportionate use of force and possibly a war crime. (…)

Unfortunately, the Afghans’ Western allies have repeatedly set wrong examples. The most striking one was their denial, and then threadbare justification, of their bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, in the very same embattled city of Kunduz in October 2015.