US forces who launched an air strike on an Afghan hospital last month intended to attack a nearby Taliban-controlled compound, military officials told American media, citing an investigation set to blame human and technical error for the deadly strike. The October 3 air raid on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in the Taliban-held northern city of Kunduz killed at least 30 people, sparked an avalanche of global condemnation and forced the French charity to close the hospital. Two military officials told the New York Times Tuesday that a combination of human and technical errors meant that a Special Operations AC-130 gunship aircraft hit the hospital instead of an Afghan intelligence compound hundreds of feet away that was thought to have been commandeered by Taliban fighters.
Brussels struggled to get back to normal on Wednesday after four days at the highest possible terror alert with schools reopening and the metro partially back in service. "Thank goodness we only have a half day today," said Marc, 14, as he boarded a school bus, adding that he fully enjoyed the two extra days off from school. About 300 extra police from around Belgium were sent to Brussels to guard schools and 200 extra soldiers helped patrol the metro.