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US military investigation of hospital bombing insufficient, says MSF

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 03 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2502
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has repeated its call for an independent investigation into last October’s attack on the charity’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after a US military investigation ended with recommendations for administrative punishments against 16 unnamed servicemen, but no charges.1

“The investigation found that the incident resulted from a combination of unintentional human errors, process errors, and equipment failures, and that none of the personnel knew that they were striking a hospital,” said General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command and presented the report at a Pentagon press conference.

“The label ‘war crimes’ is typically reserved for intentional acts—intentionally targeting civilians or intentionally targeting protected objects or locations,” …

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