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US military prepares to punish soldiers who attacked MSF hospital

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i316 (Published 18 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i316
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A military investigation into a US airstrike on a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October, which left 42 civilians dead, has recommended disciplinary action against the soldiers involved in the attack.

John Campbell, a general in the US army and commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan, has forwarded a 3000 page report to US Central Command with his recommendations for disciplinary action, Foreign Policy magazine has reported.

Anonymous congressional staff and defence officials told Foreign Policy that the investigation focused on the US Army Green Beret unit on the ground near the hospital that called in the airstrike. A colonel and two major generals higher up the chain of command also drew scrutiny. MSF …

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