Obama phone calls Afghan, MSF presidents to apologize for airstrike killing medical staff, patients

United States of America President President Barack Obama phone called Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International President Dr. Joanne Liu to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a U.S. military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the White House said in a statement released October 7.

The said airstrike reportedly by a US AC-130 gunship, Saturday, killed at least 22 people which include 12 staff of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) while 10 were patients, including three children.

“During the call, President Obama expressed regret over the tragic incident and offered his thoughts and prayers on behalf of the American people to the victims, their families, and loved ones,” White House said.

Obama assured Liu that a US government investigation, on the tragic incident, through Department of Defense is currently underway to provide thorough and objective accounting of facts and circumstances. He also pledged full cooperation with the joint investigations being conducted with NATO and the Afghan Government.

The American president also acknowledged the great respect he has for the important and lifesaving work that MSF does for vulnerable communities in Afghanistan and around the world.

Obama also called on President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to express his condolences for the Afghan civilians killed and injured.