U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John Campbell attends the Ministers of Defence Meeting at the Julius Leber barracks in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.Briefing reporters on the results of two investigations, Gen. John Campbell, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, described a series of human and technical failures that led a U.S. warplane to destroy a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan last month. Campbell and other officials would not say how many people had been removed from their jobs.Campbell and Shoffner said that neither the Special Forces commander who called in the strike at the request of Afghan forces, nor the aircrew, was aware that a hospital was being hit until it was too late.The report said the Oct. 3 attack in the city of Kunduz killed at least 31 civilians and injured 28 others.The Kim investigation report said that on Oct. 2, hours before the attack, Afghan special forces members advised the U.S. Special Forces commander in Kunduz that an Afghan ground assault force would raid a National Directorate of Security compound in Kunduz that night.
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