The U.S. military has concluded that no war crimes were committed by those involved in the bombing of a charity hospital in northern Afghanistan last year. "The label 'war crimes' is typically reserved for intentional acts – intentionally targeting civilians or intentionally targeting protected objects," Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said at a briefing. "The investigation concluded that the personnel involved did not know that they were striking a medical facility," he said. "The intended target was an insurgent-controlled site which was approximately 400 meters away from the MSF Trauma Center." Votel also said the investigation found that although some insurgents were treated at the hospital, it was not being used as a "base for operations,” as some have speculated. The Oct. 3 strike killed 42 people and injured 229, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, which was running the hospital in the city of Kunduz. But the investigation did identify 16 U.S. service members whose conduct "warranted consideration for appropriate administrative or disciplinary action," including a general officer, according to a Centcom summary of the investigation. Then-commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Campbell, who is now retired, took action against 12 of the 16, including suspension, removal from command, letters of reprimand, formal counseling, and extensive retraining. Why would we ever expect the Pentagon to admit to a war crime ever took place, when this is a war crime that was committed in Afghanistan. The bombing of this hospital falls under the two categories considering that it was an international action, that took out a civilian hospital that killed 42 people and injuring 229. You alone can tell the Pentagon is covering it up by offering those involved things like counseling and "extensive" retraining. If this involved any enlisted personnel they would today be in the brig. This was an attack on a civilian target overseas, which gives way for war crime recommendation, Just another thing the Pentagon is covering up, like the Bush involvement in 9/11.
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