US: Afghan forces requested Kunduz hospital strike

USgeneral says Afghan army called to eliminate the Taliban threat and several civilians were accidentally struck,

US: Afghan forces requested Kunduz hospital strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

Afghan forces who said they were under Taliban fire asked for the US air strike that killed 22 people at a hospital in Kunduz, the US commander in Afghanistan said Monday.

The US military had previously reported that its own troops were under fire and had called in the strike, which was carried out by an AC-130 gunship. 

"We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US air forces," General John Campbell told reporters.

"An air strike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat and several civilians were accidentally struck," he said.

He said the request was made to US special forces who were advising the Afghans, but it was unclear how close to the action they were.

The general, who commands US forces in Afghanistan, declined to comment on the rules under which the US forces were operating.

But he promised a thorough and transparent investigation and pledged "we'll hold those responsible accountable and take steps to ensure mistakes are not repeated."

Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which has since closed a trauma center it was operating at the hospital, has called for an independent investigation "under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed."

The charity said that despite frantic calls to military officials in Kabul and Washington, the main building housing the intensive care unit and emergency rooms was "repeatedly, very precisely" hit almost every 15 minutes for more than an hour.

Last Mod: 05 Ekim 2015, 17:20
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