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.
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Potential Implications of CENTCOM’s MSF Investigation on the ICC’s Preliminary Examination of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan
This morning, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released its formal report of investigation into the airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Of note in the report is a finding that the “aircrew’s failure to exercise judgement . . .
In the midst of armed conflict, accurate and comprehensive information is notoriously difficult to come by.