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Ex-CIA Op: Doctors Without Borders Knew Risk

Ex-CIA Op: Doctors Without Borders Knew Risk
 Supporters of Doctors Without Borders gather in Union Square to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 05 November 2015 04:44 PM

Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith blew a gasket Thursday when a guest suggested Doctors Without Borders shouldn't have been treating members of the Taliban and, therefore, don't have a complaint about the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people. 

Doctors and other staff were among the dead in the October 3 attack, as were patients who burned to death in their beds. Staff who ran from the hospital in fear were gunned down by U.S. forces.

Appearing on "Shepard Smith Reporting," former CIA operative Joshua Katz said part of the problem was that the U.S. military is forced to rely on Afghani intelligence since the Obama administration pulled troops out of the country.

Then he said what started an argument that lasted for the rest of the segment: "And Doctors Without Borders is in all cases here actually providing material support to terrorists."

"Excuse me?" Smith cut in. "You have just taken a United States military airstrike on hospital workers and turned it into the fault of the hospital workers for treating the injured and wounded. And that's disgusting."

Katz said the hospital should not have been attacked, but stood by his statement that the international medical group should not be treating members of the Taliban who are fighting against American soldiers, essentially readying them to go back on the battlefield.

"Shep, they have knowingly gone to this place in Afghanistan in order to treat wounded from the war," Katz said. "That means both sides. That means innocent Afghanis and also means those that are trying to do harm and trying to destroy all the work that we as Americans have put into building up Afghanistan. It is not as clear-cut as you want to make it sound here."

"The United States military sets up hospitals of this kind," Smith said. "Did you used to watch 'M*A*S*H*?' They treat people from both sides. Should they not have done that?"

Katz agreed with treating the enemy, but said there was a communication problem caused by lack of U.S. ground intelligence that caused the attack.

"What we need is intelligence," Katz said.

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Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith blew a gasket Thursday when a guest suggested Doctors Without Borders shouldn't have been treating members of the Taliban and, therefore, don't have a complaint about the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people.
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