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Friday, 29 April 2016

US forces 'disciplined over air strike on Syrian hospital'

© Najim Rahim, AFP file picture| At least 30 people were killed when the MSF hospital in northern Kunduz in Afghanistan was bombed by US forces on October 3, 2015
Latest update : 2016-04-29

The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres, U.S. officials tell Reuters.

The disclosure of the nonjudicial punishments will come during the release of the findings of a U.S. military investigation into the incident, which will broadly conclude that the strike was a tragic mistake, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
That finding is consistent with the results of a preliminary investigation released by the U.S. military in November, when commanders stressed that American forces did not intentionally target the hospital.
Instead, General John Campbell, who was then-head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, described a series of blunders that allowed the American forces to target the hospital - even though it was on a no-strike list.
MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, had initially publicly cast doubt on the idea that the strike could have been a mistake.
The nonjudicial punishments include letters of reprimand, which could have a career-ending effect on the service members involved.
“These people are not promotable,” said one U.S. official.

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