Lawmaker: Were US forces manipulated into striking hospital?


WASHINGTON — Two servicemen have told Congress that American special forces called in an air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan because they believed the Taliban were using it as a command center. Their account contradicts the military's explanation that the attack was meant for a different building.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, quoted the servicemen without naming them in a letter he sent Tuesday to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The letter highlights gaps in the military's explanation of an October air strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz (KUHN'-dooz) that killed 31 civilians.

The California Republican says the accounts provided to him raise the possibility that the U.S. was manipulated by its Afghan partners.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the Defense Department would not comment.


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