Tragedy in Afghanistan, where during the night bombs mistakenly dropped by the American fighters on the hospital of the Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, caused 9 dead, 37 injured and at least 30 dispersed. It was denounced by the organization itself via Twitter. They asked clarifications on what had happened. Besides, DWB explained that the attack lasted for about half an hour, even after the American command was informed about the fact that their jets were bombing a structure of the organization and, as some of the members of the medical staff explained, both Kabul and Washington were aware of the exact location (GPS coordinates) of the structures of the organization.
The American armed forces, via their spokesman in Afghanistan, the colonel Brian Tribus, has stated that ‘the operation – which began at 2.10 local time – may have caused collateral damage to a medical structure in the city”. We are currently investigating on the incident, but “the US forces conducted an air raid on the city of Kunduz against individuals who threatened the forces”, concluded Tribus. Also Kabul authorities argue that inside the hospital were hiding “10-15 terrorists” and that all of them were killed, “but among the victims there were also doctors”.
This information was promptly denied by the Taliban, who, via their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, condemned “the savage attack, an American crime” that showed Afghan people “the ruthless and hypocritical nature of the invaders and of their mercenaries”.
For days now Kunduz has been at the center of new violent clashes with the Taliban, led by Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who with a surprise attack managed to conquer the Afghan city and compelled the governmental forces to retreat hurriedly. The governmental authorities in Kabul, together with the allies in the United States, have proved their desire to win back Kunduz quickly. During the night between Thursday and Friday, with a first attack, they managed to win it back, even if it was later denied by the Taliban who declared that their flag was still flying over the city. In fact, the army managed to chase the Islamic fundamentalists from the center, but they still hold control over some of its suburbs.
Besides, it reveals how in northern Afghanistan, contrary to what NATO believed, the Taliban are still active. But danger comes also from the south and from the east: in addition to the Taliban warring factions in the area, the Islamic State finds new recruits. This may have pushed the army of Kabul and the United States to intervene rather hastily. And perhaps this very haste caused the death of 9 doctors.