Strike may have exceeded rules

The U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan, which U.S. officials have called a “mistake,” may have exceeded the rules U.S. forces have operated under since their combat mission ended nearly a year ago, officials say.

U.S. officials have declined to discuss most circumstances of the attack in Kunduz, which killed 22 civilians, because American and Afghan investigations are underway.

Gen. John F. Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told a Senate committee that as a result of the strike, he is requiring that every U.S. service member in Afghanistan be retrained on the circumstances in which U.S. firepower can be used.

“To prevent any future incidences of this nature, I’ve directed the entire force to undergo in-depth training in order to review all of our operational authorities and rules of engagement,” he said.

Campbell did not elaborate, but his statement suggested that the U.S. attack mission was undertaken in error, even if the target had not been a hospital

Associated Press,