American general killed: Afghan soldier attacks two-star officer.
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

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.

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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