U.S. General Shot to Death at Close Range by Afghan Soldier

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Aug. 5 2014 11:22 AM

U.S. General Shot to Death at Close Range by Afghan Soldier

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A photo taken today outside Camp Qargha.

Photo by Omar Sobhhani/Reuters

A United States general was shot to death at close range by an Afghan soldier at a meeting between Afghan and international coalition officers in Kabul today. The two-star major general, who has not been identified, becomes the highest-ranking member of the American armed forces to die in the Afghanistan conflict. From the New York Times:

The Afghan Defense Ministry ... described the attacker as “wearing Afghan National Army uniform,” which has long been a standard description offered after Afghan troops attack their foreign counterparts.
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At least 15 other individuals were wounded in the shooting, which took place at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy on the grounds of Camp Qargha; it's not known whether the attacker was a planted Taliban sympathizer or simply an ordinary soldier who had become disgruntled.

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