Washington, Oct 6 – Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Campbell testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday where he said that the US airstrikes on the hospital in Kunduz was a mistake.
“A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility,” said Campbell.
The hospital was operated by Doctors without Border, a nonprofit organization that has suggested that the bombing was a war crime.
The decision to provide air support was under the US chain of command, Campbell asserted, at the request of Afghan forces being attacked by the Taliban on Saturday morning, which took 21 lives. It was said that most of the victims were burned alive in their beds. Unfortunately for many this kind of medical facility is the only opportunity that people in that region have for free medical care. And, now that may not be possible for doctors putting themselves at high risk.
“To prevent any future incidences of this nature. I’ve directed the entire force to undergo in-depth training in order to review all of our operational authorities and rules of engagement. Our record stands in stark contrast to the actions of the Taliban. They’ve repeatedly violated the laws by intentionally targeting civilians affirmed.