New York Times: U.S. Military Suspends Members Over Kunduz Hospital Strike
KABUL, Afghanistan — The top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said Wednesday that several service members had been suspended from duty after an internal military investigation of the American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last month.
Calling the airstrike a “tragic mistake,” General Campbell read a statement announcing the findings of the investigation, which he said concluded that “avoidable human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures. He said that another contributing factor was that the Special Forces unit had been fighting continuously for days in Kunduz and were fatigued.
The strike, which involved repeated attack passes by a Special Operations AC-130 gunship early on Oct. 3, gutted the main hospital building and killed 30 people, mostly patients and Doctors Without Borders staff members. The aid group said the attack went on for more than an hour despite repeated calls by staff members to the military, and despite the hospital’s coordinates having been repeatedly sent to the American command.
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