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Times Reporter Says U.S. Is Wrong About Critical Detail in Doctors Without Borders Report

Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, discusses the hospital disaster at a press conference in Kabul on Nov. 25, 2015.

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The Pentagon has released a report about the October 2015 airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed 42 people; the military says the strike was an extremely unfortunate accident and is punishing 16 individuals who were involved but not prosecuting any of them criminally. One fairly important assertion in the U.S.’s report is that the hospital “did not have an internationally-recognized symbol to identify it as a medical facility, such as a Red Cross or Red Crescent that was readily visible to the aircrew at night.” But New York Times reporter Joseph Goldstein—who reported on the incident from Afghanistan—says that is not quite true:

Gawker notes that the U.S. report says there is footage of the attack taken from the AC-130U gunship (an airplane) that carried it out; such footage could conceivably answer the question of what was on the hospital’s roof, but it has not been released.