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Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Afghan MSF medical personnel treat civilians injured following an offensive against Taliban militants by Afghan and coalition forces at the MSF hospital in KunduzAfghan forces called in a US air strike on a Kunduz hospital that killed 22 people, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, after medical charity MSF branded the incident a war crime. General John Campbell’s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday’s devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage. “We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US air forces,” Campbell told reporters.

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