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US Troops Attacked Afghan Hospital Before

Provincial Banning

Troops Stormed Clinic, Destroyed Medical Equipment

by Jason Ditz
US officials continue to feign shock at the decision to ban special forces from the Wardak Province of Afghanistan, but as details of their behavior in the province continue to emerge, the only wonder is that they managed to operate for so long without such a banning.

The latest information comes from the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), which has reported that US troops once again attacked one of their hospitals earlier this month, in the Wardak Province, damaging the site and breaking equipment before eventually leaving.

This was the second time that clinic had been attacked by the US in recent months, and the exact same facility was the site of a two and a half day siege in October in which US troops inexplicably occupied the facility and took every patient and civilian within prisoner, before eventually releasing them all and leaving.

The US has an extremely poor history with respect to the Geneva Convention protections of remote hospitals, and had attacked a different SCA hospital in 2009, smashing the site up and ordering the doctors not to treat anybody else until they had reported their names to the NATO occupation forces.

NATO confirmed the most recent attack on the hospital, insisting it was carried out “in conjunction with Afghan forces” and that they had “compensated” the owners of the building for any damage caused.

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  • Géji

    “In the eyes of Pam MacBeth Geller and those of her ilk you are as a muslim automatically judged as a terrorist sympathiser ”

    I hope you realize that “MacBeth” and ‘ilk’ aren’t really that worth of calculus of Muslim psyche.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Rofl. : P I guess it wouldnt really make a difference would it? I take it back. If i ever do meet one of those Pressies i will ask them.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    In the eyes of Pam MacBeth Geller and those of her ilk you are as a muslim automatically judged as a terrorist sympathiser .

    As for what I think

    Sir David ;-)

  • Géji

    “If we were to ask the Presidents of Isreal , Iran , C uba or the USA would they agree?”

    I don’t know if they would agree or not, and frankly it seem not to matter so much (for certain people we know anyway) whether the definition of “terrorist” is agreed upon or not. But the irony of it regardless, is that those we know that are doing the utmost damage in terms of lost of innocent (“civilian”) lives & infrastructures etc, are somehow the first ones to jump and accuse anyone standing in the way of their destructive path of “terrorist!”, and somehow the rest of us have to parrot that to next invaded sovereign land.

  • Tanveer Khan

    I wouldn’t want to for the fear of being labelled a terrorist sympathiser.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Mo-dest. What is that? Is it something the french use/have/eat (no offence to any french people)? : P

    BTW Has anyone noticed that alot of us love to use the emoticon ‘: P’ yet in real life hardly any of us use it?

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    just not very modest :-)
    Sir David

  • Tanveer Khan

    What do you mean ‘pretty smart’? I am EXTREMELY smart! Lol JK JK.
    The Moozlim Mutants…you wont survive.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Is not the problem that there is no universal agreement on who is a terrorist , a freedom fighter or polititian.
    If we were to ask the Presidents of Isreal , Iran , C uba or the USA would they agree?

    Sir David

  • Géji

    “To me executing a terrorist is an act of good deed”

    Fair enough, but perhaps we should start executing first “as an act of good deed” the biggest terrorists of’em all, those that are blowing whole entire countries, terrorizing entire societies with mass destruction bombs for no apparent reason. Perhaps the Bushs, Cheneys, Rumsfelds, Blairs, Netanyahus of the world should be the first to go, anyone?

    And Adnin, in order for the “deed” to be really “good”, then we should start with those guys, as they are the bigger terrorist fishes compare to the pitiful amateurish Alqaida and co. And while the amateurs are chased all around, the pros swim completely free!

  • Talking_fish_head

    I think you basically summed up every Fox News report in that last sentence.

  • Ahmed

    I thought you were 18. You sound pretty smart for a 14 year old. Agggh! The Moozlim Mutants! Aghh!

  • Heinz Catsup

    What good is there to sabotage medical equipment anyway? Like all Afghans are terrorists who hate America and freedom, am I right?

  • Tanveer Khan

    Thank you for the compliment Reynardine :)

  • Tanveer Khan

    Mr Adnin, I agree with you. I know you are proud to have this honor. Lol jk jk. But i agree.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Indeed. That is why I try to stay away from rants like this- just in case i accidently insult the well meaning people.

  • mindy1

    Dammit this is NOT the way to get the support of the country

  • mindy1

    Nothing wrong with feeling that way, i get frustrated when i read these types of stories. I know in my heart that there are members of the U.S. military who mean well, but when you hear of stories like this, makes it harder to believe :(

  • Reynardine

    Had this been an aerial attack, certain circumstances might have excused it. In this case, nothing does.

  • Reynardine

    Tanveer, the only reason I know you are fourteen is because you said so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adninf1 Adnin Firdaus

    I hate it when someone tells me “this i how war is fought. there are losses on both sides.” As an excuse for executing innocent bystander. This is no excuse. I don’t believe in necessary evil. To me executing a terrorist is an act of good deed. But taking the life of a civilian with them is an act of terror. If you truly stand for justice you’d do whatever it takes to protect the civilians and if your daily work is killing innocent civilian, then you are a terrorist. There’s no special role, it’s just what it is!

  • Tanveer Khan

    There are few things that fill me with extreme disgust. Attacking innocent people is one. Rape is another. Attacking a building that has a sole purpose of preserving life is another one. The army should be ashamed about what it has done. The troops should feel atleast a shred of humility when they see a hospital or a doctor, nurse or even an ordinary person helping out his fellow humans. Maybe if the army had a respectable reputation maybe i wouldnt be so critical of the army. After all, Im not a pacifist, I do recognise that sometimes violence is necessary but as it is, I keep getting more and more infuriated at the military.

    Phew, glad i got that off my chest. I hope you enjoyed my little rant fellow LoonWatchers.

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