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US Troops Violated Afghan Hospital

From the ever gullible (if it involves making the US look bad) Associated Press:

Anders Fange, country director of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 7, 2009.

Charity: US troops stormed through Afghan hospital

By Kay Johnson, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 7

KABUL – A Swedish charity accused American troops Monday of storming through a hospital in central Afghanistan, breaking down doors and tying up staff in a search for militants. The U.S. military said it was investigating.

The allegation that soldiers violated the neutrality of a medical facility follows the reported deaths of Afghan civilians in a U.S. airstrike in the country’s north last week. An Afghan human rights group said Monday the strike on two hijacked fuel tankers may have killed as many as 70 civilians in Kunduz province…

On Monday, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan said the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division forced their way into the charity’s hospital without permission to look for insurgents in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul…

The U.S. troops came to the hospital looking for Taliban insurgents late at night last Wednesday. Fange said they kicked in doors, tied up four hospital guards and two people visiting hospitalized relatives, and forced patients out of beds during their search.

They also barged into women’s wards, he said, adding that strange men entering rooms where women are in beds is a serious insult to the local Pashtun culture and word of it could turn the community against international troops.

When they left two hours later, the soldiers ordered hospital staff to inform coalition forces if any wounded insurgents were admitted, and the military would decide if they could be treated, he said.

The staff refused. Fange said informing on patients would put the staff at risk and make the hospital a target and he demanded guarantees the military would not enter hospitals without permission in future.

"If the international military forces are not respecting the sanctity of health facilities, then there is no reason for the Taliban to do it either," he said. "Then these clinics and hospitals would become military targets." …

Yes, we believe everything that the Swedish Committee For Afghanistan says. Especially the part about the soldiers telling the hospital not to treat insurgents.

For our soldiers really are brutes. (Imagine looking into the women’s ward!)

We really should just pull up stakes and leave Afghanistan to the Taliban.

They know how to treat charities and hospitals and girls schools right.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “US Troops Violated Afghan Hospital”

  1. proreason says:

    How could US soldiers possibly be good people, when we know that they come from the most evil country ever?

    This lynchpin of the moral horrors of America must be continually proven, or the whole storyline could crumble.

    If enough lynchpins were to crumble, why, the big bad country might even revert to its ever-lurking jingoistic ways.

    And that wouldn’t be good for dictators around the world who, after all, are only trying to do the right thing for the people they must crush for their own good.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Right you are, Steve!
    These humanitarians, the Taliban, know just how to treat girls, women, hospitals and the foreigners that operate them. Respecting their rights and protecting them against the Infidels of the Great Satan and their proxies.

    Swedish Committee for Afghanistan?
    Is that the equal to our acclaimed ACORN?

  3. 11ten1775 says:

    “If the international military forces are not respecting the sanctity of health facilities, then there is no reason for the Taliban to do it either.”

    Yes, the Taliban is always following our lead…

    “When they left two hours later, the soldiers ordered hospital staff to inform coalition forces if any wounded insurgents were admitted, and the military would decide if they could be treated, he said.”

    That’s an absolute lie. Our guys are out there every single day picking up injured people and taking them to medical facilities. It doesn’t matter who they are – we help them – and our guys risk their lives to do it. They clean up after the Taliban constantly, and now they are getting blamed for what the Taliban does by some stupid Swedes. How about some stories about the hundreds, if not thousands, of Afghans we have medically treated after the Taliban injured them?! Does the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan have anything to say about that?
    Hats off to the pilots, gunners, and medics (however they are referred to in each branch) who thanklessly help these people every day.

  4. canary says:

    The dumb idiots would have less wounded in their hospital if they’d let our soldiers capture the muslim explosive monsters.

  5. canary says:

    AP: Military Challenge Allegations of Misconduct at Afghan Hospital Sept 7 2009

    A U.S. military spokesman and a senior adviser to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division are now pushing back against claims made by a Swedish charity group that its soldiers rampaged through a hospital in Wardak province, Afghanistan while searching for insurgents.

    A senior spokesman for Central Command (CENTCOM) Captain Jack Hanzlik said the Army did enter the hospital, but did so in cooperation with the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, and the staff of the hospital.

    Anders Fange, the country director of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, on Monday accused troops of breaking down doors, searching patients’ relatives and entering the ultrasound room.

    The statement went on to accuse U.S. soldiers of restraining hospital workers and tying up family members of several patients.

    Captain Hanzlik told Fox News that members of Task Force 82, which includes members of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, were chasing insurgents who had recently detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, or roadside bomb.

    Those forces, he said, had strong reason to believe that an insurgent commander was in the hospital and explained these concerns to hospital staff before seeking permission to enter the hospital.

    Coalition forces, which included members of the Afghan National Army and Police, then entered the hospital with permission from the staff, the military said. “No one was tied up,” according to Hanzlik. “However, one locked door was kicked in, but again with permission from the hospital.”

    In a FOX News exclusive, Lt James Peck, who was the on scene commander, said they spoke with the hospital staff before entering any of the rooms.

    “They didn’t have keys for two doors. The rest they were able to open with keys, but the two they didn’t have keys for, we asked them first if we could enter, and they said if we desired we could enter.”

    “We asked permission before we forcibly entered the rooms,” he told FOX. “We only forcibly entered because we didn’t have a way of getting into the rooms.”

    Violence has surged across much of Afghanistan since President Barack Obama ordered 21,000 more U.S. troops to the country this year. Two foreign troops were killed Sunday when their patrol hit a roadside bomb and a third died of wounded sustained in a separate gunbattle

    FOX News’ Justin Fishel and Jennifer Griffin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,547481,00.html


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