US and Nato commander apologizes for Médecins Sans Frontières bombing

The new commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan has apologized for the American last year that killed 42 people and wounded 37 more.

General John W Nicholson met family members of victims and the staff of the now-closed hospital in Kunduz, which was captured by Taliban insurgents for several days last year, to express his condolences.

“As commander, I wanted to come to Kunduz personally and stand before the families, and people of Kunduz, to deeply apologize for the events” that led to the bombing, Nicholson said.

“I grieve with you for your loss and suffering; and humbly and respectfully ask for your forgiveness,” added Nicholson.

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A US investigation found that the 3 October air strike was a “tragic and avoidable” incident, primarily caused by human error. The US military has disciplined more than a dozen personnel, including officers following the strike.

MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, has .

The brief capture of the Kunduz provincial capital was arguably the biggest victory for the militants in the 15-year war since they were toppled by US-led forces in late 2001.

Afghan security forces, who suffered a record number of losses last year, have been struggling to contain Taliban militants who are fighting to topple the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Violence is at its worst since the departure of most foreign combat troops from in 2014 as the country is bracing for the start of the spring fighting season.

Source : theguardian[dot]com
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