U.S. General: Afghanistan Requested Fatal Medical Clinic Airstrike

The top commander of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan says the airstrike that killed 22 people at a medical clinic in the city of Kunduz over the weekend was requested by Afghan forces.




Speaking at the Pentagon, Gen John F Campbell,  said he was correcting an initial US statement that said the airstrike was meant to defend US forces under fire, according to the Associated Press.

In the incident early Saturday, Mr Campbell said Afghan forces advised US special operations forces on the ground that they needed US air support, and the airstrike ensued. He said several civilians were “accidentally struck.” The hospital was operated by  Medecins Sans Frontieres.

He declined to provide more details, saying a military investigation is ongoing. He said he learned from the investigator that it was the Afghans, not the Americans, who requested the airstrike. 

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A Taliban fighter poses for a photo in Kunduz’s main square

MSF on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into the strike, branding the attack a “war crime”.

Reuters said that government forces had raised the national flag over the provincial governor’s house for the first time since losing control of much of the city.

Via: independent

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