The U.S. retracted a claim Monday that U.S. forces were in danger and felt threatened before it launched an airstrike that killed 22 people at a Doctors Without Borders medical clinic in the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz over the weekend.
Instead, American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said Monday that it was Afghan forces who had requested the strike while under fire.
Accounts are still not clear but we talk about the latest reporting on the incident and take a deeper look at the history of friendly fire and Doctors Without Borders’ request for an investigation independent of the one announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
Rick Brennan, Jr, Senior Political Scientist at Rand Corporation. He is a career Army officer with high-level Department of Defense policymaking experience
David Bosco, Assistant Professor of International Politics at American University in Washington DC. He is the author of “Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics” (Oxford University Press, 2014)