General Campbell: “We Would Never Intentionally Target A Protected Medical Facility”

General Campbell: “We Would Never Intentionally Target A Protected Medical Facility”

Thursday, General John Campbell, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, released in a speech to the Senate Armed Services committee that he wishes to adjust the number of troops in response to the growing strength of ISIS and al Qaeda. In his speech, Gen. Campbell states that he has presented options to counter

Thursday, General John Campbell, the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, released in a speech to the Senate Armed Services committee that he wishes to adjust the number of troops in response to the growing strength of ISIS and al Qaeda.

In his speech, Gen. Campbell states that he has presented options to counter President Obama’s plan to slash the number of U.S. soldiers present in the area. According to an article published by CNN, Obama plans to slash the number of troops in Afghanistan from currently 9,800 to 1,000 after 2016.

Campbell was quoted, “Based on conditions on the ground, I do believe we have to provide our senior leadership [with] options different than the current plan we are going with.”

Sen. John McCain expressed frustration with the Obama administration for not yet providing details as to how it planned to proceed with troops in Afghanistan.

Sen. John McCain expressed his thoughts about the Obama administration’s plan, stating, “I just don’t understand why this administration doesn’t understand if we do what is presently planned to begin in three months from now, we’ll see the Iraq movie again. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind about that … It seems to me that would lend some urgency to action which would reverse what is clearly a deteriorating trend.”

Campbell also responded to the hospital bombing by mistake over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of doctors and patients.

“We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility,” Campbell commented.

The general confirmed that it was a “U.S. decision” to provide air fire following a request for support from Afghan forces near the Doctors Without Borders medical facility.

“This was a U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command,” he said, adding that “extraordinary efforts” were being undertaken to protect civilian loss of life.

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