About 16 military disciplined in Afghanistan hospital attack

In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, file photo, an employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of their hospital after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. (Najim Rahim via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says that about 16 U.S. military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people.

U.S. officials say that the service members received administrative punishments, and no criminal charges were filed in connection with the U.S. airstrike in the northern city of Kunduz. A number of those punished are U.S. special operations forces.

In many cases a nonjudicial punishment, such as a letter of reprimand or suspension, can effectively end a military career.

The full report on the investigation is expected to be released by the Pentagon Friday.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s