Discharge Soldiers Responsible for Attacking a Charity Hospital

Dec. 17 airpower summary: Reapers touch enemy forces

Target: United States’ Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

Goal: Remove the soldiers found responsible for the death of at least nineteen people from an airstrike on a hospital.

A Doctors Without Borders center in Afghanistan was blasted to rubble by an aerial attack during a U.S. Airstrike, killing 12 staffers and seven patients while leaving 37 others injured. The organization has stated that the attack constitutes a great violation of international humanitarian law, and President Obama has launched a full investigation into the incident. There are a considerable amount of patients and staff that are still unaccounted for, and casualty and injury numbers may continue to rise.

The combatants were clearly notified a long time ago of where the hospital was, and the bombardments continued to strike even after U.S. and Afghani officials were told that the hospital was being attacked. Currently, the military is investigating if an AC-130 gunship was responsible, which was in the area at the time firing at Taliban to defend special operations troops. This incident occurred on the sixth day of fighting between the Taliban and the U.S. supported Afghan government forces.

Tell the United States’ Secretary of Defense to dishonorably discharge all the American soldiers involved in the attack as soon as the investigation is complete.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter,

A tragic event occurred recently in Afghanistan when an aerial attack reduced a Doctors Without Borders center to rubble, killing at least 19 people and injuring at least 37 others. The airstrike took place at the same time as a U.S. attack on the Taliban within the same city and there is currently an investigation undergoing over those responsible for this violation of international humanitarian law. A significant number of people are still unaccounted for, and the number of deaths and injuries could rise as further recovery and rescue take place.

The primary aircraft in question is an AC-130 gunship that was firing at Taliban positions at the time in defense of a group of special operations soldiers. However, all combatants were made extensively aware of the hospital’s presence and location a long time before the attack, and the blows continued even after both the U.S. and Afghan military were notified of the aerial attack on the hospital.

As soon as a thorough investigation is completed by both the president and the United States military, I demand that the soldiers responsible for this atrocious destruction and loss of life be dishonorably discharged and disciplined however else necessary.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Brian Ferguson

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