US air strike on clinic was ‘a mis­take’

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THE top Amer­i­can com­man­der in Afghanistan says the re­cent air strike on a hos­pi­tal in the north­ern city of Kun­duz was a mis­take.

Gen­eral John Camp­bell told a US Se­nate armed ser­vices com­mit­tee that it was a US de­ci­sion to con­duct the air strike and that the hos­pi­tal was “mis­tak­enly struck”.

Gen Camp­bell’s ev­i­dence came three days af­ter the air strike on the med­i­cal clinic which killed at least 22 peo­ple and wounded dozens more.

The clinic was op­er­ated by the med­i­cal char­ity Doc­tors With­out Borders.

Gen Camp­bell said on Mon­day that the air strike was re­quested by Afghan forces who re­ported be­ing un­der Tal­iban fire.

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