First Photos Emerge of Afghan Hospital Since Deadly U.S. Attack

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A bed frame remains in a room of the Outpatient Department building at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
A bed frame remains in a room of the Outpatient Department building at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty / Foreign Policy

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It's been 11 days since the deadly U.S. attack on a Doctors Without Borders-run hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. But because the fight between the Afghan National Army and Taliban forces is still raging on the ground, members of the media haven't been able to witness the aftermath of the strike until now.

In Foreign Policy, photographer Andrew Quilty describes waiting for a lull in the gun battle so a driver could take him to the hospital grounds where 22 people were killed, including members of the charity's medical staff and children.

Once in the facility, Quilty discovered the expected material destruction, chunks of concrete and bullet holes, but also "the smell of rot" and "charred human remains."

"Walking through the roughly 40 rooms, bodies and remains lay scattered and, in most cases, alone. All but one of these bodies — or what was left of them — still in the facility were on the ground. Beneath one victim’s remains — otherwise indistinguishable but for a severed foot — were the white and pale blue squares of a hospital gown, almost completely intact."

President Obama has apologized to the aid group, but only after the United States gave shifting explanations of why the airstrike was launched.

See all the images on Foreign Policy.

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