The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Médecins Sans Frontières via AP)
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Pressure mounted on Washington Monday to come clean over the apparent U.S. airstrike on an Afghan hospital that killed 22, an incident the Pentagon chief said was "confused and complicated" but which medical charity MSF branded a war crime.Stokes also hit out at claims by Afghan officials that insurgents were using the hospital as a position to target Afghan forces and civilians.NATO said U.S. forces carried out the bombardment in the "vicinity" of the hospital to protect American special forces on the ground who came under enemy fire, but MSF said the surrounding area was largely unscathed.The incident has renewed concerns about the use of U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan, a deeply contentious issue in the 14-year campaign against Taliban insurgents.Human Rights Watch also said the strike raises "grave concerns" about whether U.S. forces took sufficient precautions to identify and avoid striking the facility.
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