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(55,445 posts)
Thu Apr 28, 2016, 05:18 PM Apr 2016

16 US Military Personnel Disciplined in Afghanistan Hospital Strike

Source: NBC News

Sixteen U.S. military officials have been disciplined in their roles in the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, according to a senior defense official, NBC News reported.

The official said the punishments will be non-judicial, and some will be career-ending. No criminal charges are pending.

Multiple defense officials told NBC News that the report into the investigation of the bombing in the city of Kunduz will be released on Friday. The new commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, will brief the findings.

President Barack Obama has apologized for the Oct. 3 airstrike, which was conducted as Afghan troops tried to retake the city from the Taliban. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called the bombing a "tragic mistake."

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Military-to-Release-Report-on-Doctors-Without-Borders-Hospital-Attack-Friday-377394321.html

For those of you keeping score, know that Russia hasn't even admitted any wrongdoing for any of the hospitals they have attacked, including the one earlier today...
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16 US Military Personnel Disciplined in Afghanistan Hospital Strike (Original Post) Blue_Tires Apr 2016 OP
Oh goody, we apologized...I'm sure that will make it all better... AuntPatsy Apr 2016 #1
And that's still more than any other nation would have done... Blue_Tires Apr 2016 #3
The red mist accepts your apologies Fairgo Apr 2016 #2
Is any apology coming for this? Blue_Tires Apr 2016 #4
I reject your sophism Fairgo Apr 2016 #5
I have no idea what that means Blandocyte Apr 2016 #7
Your rejection isn't a refutation... Blue_Tires Apr 2016 #9
Saying, 'they do it too', isn't an argument. ronnie624 Apr 2016 #10
The warm rat is yours Fairgo Apr 2016 #12
Maybe in six months? Tactical Peek Apr 2016 #8
Ahh the sound of someone who has never done a 15-6 investigation... TipTok Apr 2016 #13
Maybe they will start marking their hospitals from the air... EX500rider Apr 2016 #6
They did that, it was bombed anyway happyslug Apr 2016 #14
If it was properly marked from the air they wouldn't have confused it with the Intelligence.. EX500rider Apr 2016 #15
That is why the discipline happyslug Apr 2016 #16
Abu Ghraib warrprayer Apr 2016 #11


(1,571 posts)
5. I reject your sophism
Thu Apr 28, 2016, 05:32 PM
Apr 2016

The logic of your argument forsakes the values of democracy and leaps into the sewer to fight your neighbour for the last warm rat.


(55,445 posts)
9. Your rejection isn't a refutation...
Fri Apr 29, 2016, 10:31 AM
Apr 2016

And the truth behind my argument stand regardless of whether or not you choose to accept it.

Tactical Peek

(1,215 posts)
8. Maybe in six months?
Thu Apr 28, 2016, 07:43 PM
Apr 2016

Apparently it takes that long to review the video and audio of a major clusterfuck to determine that yes, this was indeed a major clusterfuck.



(14,779 posts)
14. They did that, it was bombed anyway
Sat Apr 30, 2016, 12:26 AM
Apr 2016

They had even given there location coordinates to the US. Thus it was a known hospital. It was clear at the time that this was a hospital.


(10,903 posts)
15. If it was properly marked from the air they wouldn't have confused it with the Intelligence..
Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:54 AM
Apr 2016

.....building that they thought they were hitting.



(14,779 posts)
16. That is why the discipline
Sat Apr 30, 2016, 04:02 PM
Apr 2016

Last edited Sat Apr 30, 2016, 09:55 PM - Edit history (3)

The people involved knew or should have known it was a hospital. A request was made to hit it and everyone involved ignored that it was marked as a hospital. The bombing was ordered and done and no one asked why a hospital was being hit. Everyone involved should be up on charges, but I suspect the orders as to what can be bombed were so vague that it is enough to defeat the criminal charges thus this level of discipline.

It was reported at the time of the bombing that the voice recording recorded the air crew questioning the order, but were told to destroy the hospital anyway. Thus whoever over ruled the pilot should be charged, but I suspect that is above the pay grade of whoever is doing this investigation.

In the military any investigation must be done by someone senior to anyone involved, thus if a general over ruled the pilot a higher grade general must lead the investigation. Thus this may not be done yet.

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