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President Obama Issues Apology for Bombing Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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President Obama issued an apology to the chief on Doctors without Borders on Wednesday for the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan that resulted in both patient and doctor casualties.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary said,

“This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a US military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan over the weekend.” 

Earnest continued, “When the United States makes a mistake, we own up to it, we apologize.” Earnest said the Obama issued a formal apology in light of the testimony from the top general in Afghanistan before a congressional committee.

While Obama was talking to Dr. Liu, the White House says that POTUS also promised a “transparent, thorough and objective accounting” of the incident.

Last weekend, a U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed at least 22 people, including a dozen doctors and seven adult patients and three children, according to Doctors Without Borders.

[via NYT]

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