by Scott Creighton
The New York Times has penned the final version of the official story of the U.S. Special Operations massacre at the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan. Gone is the “we didn’t do it” story, the “the Taliban did it” story, the “Afghanistan did it” story, the “We were shooting terrorists” story… gone is all of those.
In their place, the officials of the Peace Prize President’s administration seem to have settled on “Yes, we did it, yes they tried to tell us it was a hospital, yes we mowed down fleeing doctors and patients with incendiary munitions … but the Afghan government may not have trusted Doctors Without Borders and deliberately told us a fib, so there it is”
“For the last hour, the American gunship had been circling high above the city, carefully observing its target with night-vision sensors and waiting for clearance to strike. It was 2 in the morning on Oct. 3, 2015, and Kunduz City was enveloped in total darkness. The city’s power had gone out five days before — soon after the Taliban took over the provincial capital, in a humiliating blow to the American and Afghan governments — and it stayed off through the bitter fighting that followed, as commandos from both nations counterattacked. The aircraft’s target, a distinctively T-shaped building set on an expansive lawn, was lit by generators, a beacon in the blacked-out city. As they prepared to fire, the gunship’s crew members radioed to the ground force commander, a United States Army Special Forces major, for more information.
“Looking for confirmation on which building to strike — Confirm it is the large, T-shaped building … in the center of the compound.
An AC-130 circles its target like a ball swung from a string, raining down gunfire along the radius. At 2:08 a.m., the gunship began its assault, starting on the eastern end of the T-shaped building and working methodically west. For half an hour, the AC-130 fired its 105-millimeter howitzer, the largest airborne gun in existence, and its 40-millimeter Bofors cannon, which shoots exploding incendiary rounds and is ideal for hunting people who flee targeted buildings by foot, often referred to by pilots as “squirters.” There were about 50 squirters at the site, the crew noted, a surprisingly high number. Through the infrared scope, the building glowed as it burned, while ghostly shapes that flitted from inside were gunned down.
“We started a fire, good effects.” New York Times
Notice, it was US Special Forces commander who was in charge of the massacre and they had been circling for an hour making sure they had the right location. The building being lit during the blackout and it’s shape made it impossible for them not to know it was the hospital. Also important to note: the US had lost control of the capital of the province just recently, so making them pay for daring to rise up against their occupiers seems like a potential motive to me. Certainly more believable than any of the previous official excuses.
Also important to note is the statement about commandos from “both nations” counter attacking. Since the Taliban isn’t a nation, or at least we don’t consider them one, that means Afghan troops and troops FROM SOME OTHER NATION were involved in attacking on the ground. I thought we weren’t supposed to have been fighting on the ground in Afghanistan and just advising. I’m confused.
Filed under: Kunduz massacre, Scott Creighton | 1 Comment »