Top US general in Afghanistan: US strike on MSF hospital a mistake

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U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the recent airstrike on a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was a mistake.

General John Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that it was a U.S. decision to conduct the airstrike and that the hospital was “mistakenly struck.”

Campbell’s testimony came three days after the airstrike on the medical clinic killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more.

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

Campbell said Monday that the airstrike was requested by Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire, but that story later changed.

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