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More than 15 years
by Ted Rudow III, MA (Tedr77 [at] aol.com)
Monday Oct 12th, 2015 1:25 PM
The U.S. Department of Defense says it will make "condolence payments" to the families of those killed and survivors of a U.S. airstrike that mistakenly struck a Doctors Without Border hospital in Afghanistan last week At least 22 people were killed in the aerial bombardment of the charity hospital during fighting in Kunduz on Oct. 3. The dead included 12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children, Doctors Without Borders said.
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"The Department of Defense believes it is important to address the consequences of the tragic incident at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement Saturday "One step the Department can take is to make condolence payments to civilian non-combatants injured and the families of civilian non-combatants killed as a result of U.S. military operations. This comes as Doctors without Borders says 24 of its staff members are still missing following the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz on Saturday.
President Barack Obama called the charity's chief on Wednesday to apologize for the airstrike, which the Pentagon admitted was a mistake. The United States will eventually withdraw troops until only a small residual force remains after 2016. By then, the war will have lasted more than 15 years. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama's promotion of and a "new climate" in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.

Ted Rudow III, MA
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