The Associated Press provided new evidence Monday that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was an active medical facility before they bombed it, bolstering the aid agency's charge that the attack—which killed at least 30 people—amounted to a war crime.
"A day before an American AC130 gunship attacked the hospital, a
senior officer in the Green Beret unit wrote in a report that U.S.
forces had discussed the hospital with the country director of the
medical charity group, presumably in Kabul, according to two people who
have seen the document," reports journalist Ken Dilanian.
In addition, MSF spokesperson Tim Shenk told the AP that in
the days leading up to the bombing, a U.S. official asked the aid
agency whether their Kunduz hospital "had a large group of Taliban
fighters in it." According to Shenk, the group "replied that this was
not the case. We also stated that we were very clear with both sides to
the conflict about the need to respect medical structures."