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U.S. admits it mistakenly struck Afghan hospital

U.S. Army General John Campbell, the top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, has admitted that American forces mistakenly struck a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders after deciding to provide air support to Afghan forces. Saturday's aerial attack lasted about an hour, killing 22 people, including 12 staff members and 10 patients.

"On Saturday morning, our forces provided close air support to Afghan forces at their request," Campbell said as he testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. "To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fire was a U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."

Campbell provided no specific details about what exactly was being targeted, or who approved the Afghan request for airstrikes.

"I assure you that the investigation will be thorough, objective, and transparent. I'd also like to remind the committee and the American people that we continue to make extraordinary efforts to protect civilians," the general said. "To prevent any future incidents of this nature, I have directed the entire force to undergo in-depth training in order to review all of our operational authorities and rules of engagement."

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