Soldiers and Airmen Disciplined for Strike on Afghan Hospital

Soldiers and airmen disciplined for strike on Afghan hospital.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that disciplinary actions had been taken against military personnel involved in an October 2015 airstrike that killed 42 civilians at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department has disciplined at least a dozen military personnel, including officers and enlisted members, with administrative punishments. Among those disciplined are soldiers on the ground, at the operations center that orchestrated the strike, and airmen.

Officials for the Defense Department have not ruled out the possibility of others being disciplined for the strike.

Administrative punishments are usually in the form of letters of reprimand, which severely inhibit the ability of military personnel to achieve a promotion.

Pentagon officials are reportedly drafting a report on the incident that is expected to be published in the coming weeks. Investigators assigned to the case have cited issues such as communication breakdown between Afghan forces and American Special Operations forces.

Those disciplined are not expected to face criminal charges.

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