Afghan Hospital Bombing Resulted From Human Error: US Military

Posted November 24, 2015 at 11:07pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that “a combination of errors contributed to a U.S. warplane inadvertently bombing a hospital in Afghanistan last month, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 people, including doctors and patients, a U.S. military report concludes.”  

“The military’s investigation finds that the hospital in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province wasn’t struck intentionally, according to U.S. officials who have seen a draft of the report.”  

“Instead, U.S. forces were attempting to target a nearby building that was known to be a Taliban position, they said, but a combination of mistakes—including in targeting information that was relayed verbally instead of by computer—resulted in the accidental bombing of the hospital, rather than the building in which the Taliban were hiding, according to those officials.”  

The New York Times reports that “the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Campbell, said Wednesday that several service members had been suspended from duty after an internal military investigation of the American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last month.”