Pentagon Punishes 16 for Afghan Hospital Airstrike

April 30, 2016 - Finding Carter

A infantry review into a bombing of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan in Oct found that tellurian errors, fatigue, routine and apparatus failures were during error in a lethal airstrike, invulnerability officials pronounced Friday.

“These factors contributed to a ‘fog of war,’ that is a doubt mostly encountered during fight operations,” U.S. Central Command pronounced in a statement.


Sixteen U.S. infantry organisation have been trained for their roles in a bombing.

The punishments are all non-judicial. No one will be court-martialed and there are no rapist charges pending. Some of a punishments, however, will be career-ending. A ubiquitous officer will be a usually chairman named while other lower-ranking use members will sojourn unnamed.

“The mishap core was a stable facility, though was misidentified,” Gen. Joseph Votel, conduct of U.S. Central Command told reporters on Friday.

Image: Afghan staff dispute inside an MSF sanatorium in Kunduz


The Department of Defense does not cruise a act “a fight crime,” Votel pronounced and a review resolved that a organisation concerned didn’t know they were distinguished hospital.

“The tag “war crimes” is typically indifferent for conscious acts — intentionally targeting civilians or intentionally targeting stable objects. The review found that a comfortless occurrence resulted from a mixed of unintended tellurian errors and apparatus failures, and that nothing of a organisation knew that they were distinguished a medical facility,” U.S. Central Command pronounced in a statement.

The sanatorium was on a no strike list — vicious information that was missed. According to a report, atmosphere organisation celebrated a mishap core and organisation for 68 mins before to banishment 211 rounds and never saw glow entrance from or going to a compound.

Read: Results of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Investigation into Airstrike on Hospital

The atmosphere organisation questioned a ask for descent glow mixed times and accurate a aim mixed times with a belligerent commander. They also questioned how this strike was suitable underneath a manners of rendezvous — a belligerent commander gave a earthy outline of a devalue but being means to see it — he relied on a Afghans for a earthy outline and that is eventually what a atmosphere organisation relied on.

They dismissed for for roughly 30 minutes. Eleven mins after a banishment began, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières told mixed infantry commands they were underneath dispute

The U.S. airstrike opposite a mishap core killed during slightest 42 people including 14 sanatorium staff members and during slightest 24 patients. Doctors Without Borders called a airstrikes a fight crime.

“Patients burnt in their beds, medical staff were decapitated and mislaid limbs, and others were shot by a encircling AC-130 gunship while journey a blazing building,” Doctors Without Borders said in a news of a attacks expelled in November.

Image: Wahidullah, a four-year-old who was during a Doctors Without Borders sanatorium strike by a United States airstrike in Kunduz, is treated during another sanatorium in Kabul, Afghanistan.


President Obama apologized for a airstrike, that took place when Afghan infantry attempted to retrieve Kunduz from a Taliban. The tip U.S. commander in Afghanistan called it a “tragic mistake” and a infantry betrothed to investigate.

Initially a infantry gave shifting accounts of a airstrike, and had during initial claimed a attacks were directed during “insurgents who were directly banishment on U.S. use members.” The infantry after corroborated divided from those claims.


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières pronounced Friday that a executive punishments of a 16 infantry organisation during a core of a lethal dispute “lack of suggestive accountability.”

Votel and his organisation briefed a classification on a report’s commentary on Thursday and that a organisation is weighing a U.S. comment entirely answers superb questions about a attack. The classification also voiced beating that, so far, there has been no eccentric review by a International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission.

Some members of Congress pronounced Friday that they will continue to press for an eccentric investigation.

“The victims and their families merit probity and we will continue to call on President Obama and Secretary Carter to concede an eccentric review to be conducted to safeguard that all who are obliged are hold accountable and that this never happens again,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts and co-chair of a bipartisan congressional tellurian rights elect pronounced in a statement.

The White House on Friday pronounced it was confident that a review is complete.

“I consider a passion of a arguments that are being finished by MSF are understandable,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday and lauded a organization’s drastic general work.

However, Earnest added, a infantry has finished due diligence.

Doctors Without Borders also worries about putting health caring teams in harm’s approach in Afghanistan.

“We can’t put a teams — including a colleagues who survived a dire dispute — behind to work in Kunduz but initial carrying clever and evident assurances from all parties to a dispute in Afghanistan that this will not occur again,” Meinie Nicolai, Médecins Sans Frontières boss pronounced in a statement. ”

Related: Death Toll in Accidental U.S. Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital Even Higher Than Thought

Advocacy groups were also uneasy by a Pentagon’s report.

“The preference to lot out usually executive punishments and abstain a consummate rapist review of October’s lethal strike in Kunduz is an aspersion to a families of a some-more than 40 men, women, and children who died that night, punished merely for being in a hospital, a ostensible protected breakwater in a time of war,” Donna McKay, executive executive of Physicians for Human Rights pronounced in a statement. “When probity is served, it provides a jot of accountability, an instance for others to follow. But today, probity for a patients who died in their beds, a doctors and nurses and sanatorium staff killed while doing their jobs, was denied.”

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