From TRNN: In Afghanistan, the Taliban remains in control of about half of Kunduz, despite the U.S. aerial bombardment trying to prevent them from taking control of the city. This is in spite of the fact that General John Campbell, in a statement on Tuesday in front of the Senate, said that Afghan security forces have retaken control of the city. Kunduz is the city in which the U.S. military bombed the MSF hospital on Saturday in an air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff. General Campbell has acknowledged that the bombing was an accidental strike. “To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fire was a U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command. The hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never have targeted a protected medical facility,” he said. Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network interviews IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about The Senate hearings, Campbell’s statement, the recommended troop levels in Afghanistan, and more. Watch below:
See a full transcript of the conversation on The Real News Network’s website.