Tuesday, August 5, 2014

U.S. General Harold J. Greene Killed by Rogue Afghan Soldier

U.S. and coalition officials said a man believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at an Afghan military academy in Kabul on Tuesday August 5. The attack killed a U.S. general and wounding up to 15 other personnel, including a German general and eight Americans.

Yes, I thought the Afghan soldiers were fighting with the U.S. NOT against them. Instant takeaway: "Keep your enemies close and your friends closer".

 Officials identified the General as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, deputy-commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul.

Of the 15 wounded personnel, eight are in serious condition. A number of British soldiers were also injured in the attack.

The attack occurred about 12:23 p.m., according to an official at the German Embassy in Washington. CNN reported that security forces killed the assailant after the ambush. 

Sources at the Afghan Defense Ministry said the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Army for the past two years and was from southeastern Afghanistan. Sources say  he used a light assault rifle to open fire on the foreign military delegation before he was fatally shot by Afghan forces.

While we do not know the intricate details of the attack this sounds like an Afghan soldier consciously or literally defected at some point.

The attack occurred at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, the U.S.-led International Security Force (ISAF) coalition said.

This is not the first time a member of the Afghan security forces has turned on the U.S. forces. Rear Admiral John Kirby told CNN's Erin Burnett that it could not be guaranteed that it would not happen again.

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