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US forces attacked a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz last year after a series of errors and will be disciplined, but they did not commit a war crime, their commander said Friday. General Joseph Votel said that on October 3, 2015, the crew of an AC-130 gunship had taken off earlier than planned without a list of protected sites and had been mistakenly guided to bombard the Kunduz trauma center. The general, head of US Central Command, said that 12 of the personnel involved -- commanders, flight crew and a special forces team on the ground -- had been suspended or removed from command and four others were reprimanded.
Delta ordered on Friday 37 of Airbus's medium-haul A321 aircraft with a catalogue price $4.2 billion (3.7 billion euros) as the US airline seeks to quickly retire older planes. "The order for the A321s is an opportunistic fleet move that enables us to produce strong returns and cost-effectively accelerate the retirement of Delta's 116 MD-88s in a capital efficient manner," Delta's incoming chief executive Ed Bastian was quoted as saying in an Airbus statement, referring to its McDonnell Douglas aircraft which date from the late 1980s to early 1990s. The order is for A321s equipped with standard engines as opposed to newer more fuel-efficient version for which Airbus has a huge backlog of orders, and follows previous orders in 2013 and 2014.