The hospital attack has been the subject of intense controversy—and shifting explanations—since it was launched on Oct. 3. In the initial hours after the attack, a U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan called the hospital “collateral damage” in a battle against the Taliban. Three days later, Army Gen. John Campbell, who is in charge of the mission of Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee the U.S. “mistakenly struck” the hospital. In between, officials began reviewing the recordings of the strike, which Doctors Without Borders representatives have called evidence of a “war crime.”
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