Update on the investigations into the strike in Kunduz
24 Oct 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 24, 2015) — The NATO Resolute Support Combined Civilian Casualty Assessment Team (CCAT) is continuing its inquiry into the Oct. 3 incident involving the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
"The Combined Civilian Casualty Assessment Team determined that the reports of civilian casualties were credible, and we continue to work with the government of Afghanistan to fully identify the victims,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Resolute Support Spokesman.
To ensure the U.S. national investigation is conducted in an independent and unbiased manner, Gen. John Campbell, Resolute Support Commander, has appointed U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Hickman and two Brigadier Generals – all from outside the command – to conduct the U.S. national investigation into this incident. They will continue the work on the national investigation begun by Brig. Gen. Richard Kim.
"My intent is to disclose the findings of the investigation once it is complete,” said Gen. Campbell. "We will be forthright and transparent and we will hold ourselves accountable for any mistakes made. While we desire the investigation to be timely, what’s most important is that it be done thoroughly and correctly. We appreciate your patience and we understand the desire for answers to this tragic incident. We desire the same, and we are committed to providing all information we can once the investigation is complete. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those affected by this incident.”
"Both inquiries continue to look at a series of potential human errors, failures of process and technical malfunctions that may have contributed to the mistaken strike on the hospital,” said Brig. Gen. Shoffner.
The investigations are independent, and the results of one are not bound by those of the other.