International Law: LOAC
Centcom Report on the Kunduz Hospital Attack: Accounting for a Tragedy of Errors
The U.S. military Central Command (Centcom) report on the attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital at Kunduz, Afghanistan demonstrates how a perfect storm of mistakes and mishaps can lead to tragic results. While military rules of engagement (ROE) seek to cabin the use of lethal force, aggressive commanders in the heat of battle can fail to heed that guidance. Moreover, even the best technology can fail.