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Carter: Full Investigation Underway Into 'Tragic' Kunduz Airstrike

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WASHINGTON, October 3, 2015 – A full investigation is underway in coordination with Afghanistan's government to "determine exactly what happened" when a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, came under fire, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.

Army Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement that U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz at 2:15 a.m. local time today "against individuals threatening the force," and that the strike "may have caused collateral damage to a nearby medical facility."

'A Tragic Incident'

In a statement on what he called "a tragic incident," Carter noted that the area has been the scene of intense fighting over the last few days. U.S. forces in support of Afghan security forces were operating nearby, as were Taliban fighters, he said.

"While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected," Carter said, adding that the United States will continue to work with its Afghan partners toward ending the ongoing violence in and around Kunduz.

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