Top general in Afghanistan says US strike on hospital a mistake

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen in flames, after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the recent airstrike on a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz was a mistake.

Gen. John Campbell tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that it was a U.S. decision to conduct the airstrike and that the hospital was "mistakenly struck."

Campbell's testimony came three days after the airstrike on the medical clinic killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more.

The clinic was operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders.

Campbell said Monday that the airstrike was requested by Afghan forces who reported being under Taliban fire.