After months of bureaucratic wrangling, the Obama administration has disclosed its official count of civilians killed in airstrikes outside of conventional war zones: Somewhere between 64 and 116 since 2009. Strangely enough, the administration chose to release the numbers on the Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend.
The Defense Department released today the findings of a investigation into the deadly U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that left 42 dead—including 30 civilians—this past October. The investigation concluded that the bombing was the result of the “fog of war.”
A week after the Taliban announced its annual spring offensive, armed militants launched an assault, involving a suicide car bombing and a gun attack, against a government security agency in Kabul. At least 28 people have been killed and more than 320 wounded, NPR reports, the Taliban claimed responsibility.
In Afghanistan on Monday, six American troops were killed in what the Associated Press reports is the deadliest suicide attack on international forces there since August. The suicide bomber drove a motorcycle rigged with explosives into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol. Two Americans and an Afghan soldier were wounded.
Immediately following a deadly U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan’s national security advisor told a European diplomat, “We are without doubt, 100 percent convinced the place was occupied by Taliban,” the Associated Press reports. There is still no evidence to support this claim.