Afghan forces asked for US air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of global forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.
Afghan security forces have retreated to the outlying airport, leaving the Taliban effectively in control of Kunduz after they stormed the city on Monday, capturing government buildings and freeing hundreds of prisoners.
In this context, Nidal al-Bizri, the president of the Nablus Businessmen Forum, told Al-Monitor, “The Palestinian participation in the opening of such a hall amid the continuous Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque looks like a hard decision for Palestinian businessmen”.
MSF says it a U.S. airstrike was to blame for the bombing that killed 22 people, which Afghan officials now claim was in retaliation for fire from Taliban fighters hiding in the hospital. The airstrike was directed at insurgents who were firing on US soldiers assisting Afghan...