American general reportedly assassinated

A U.S. major general was shot and killed Tuesday by a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform who opened fire at an army training academy outside Kabul, the Associated Press reported.

At least 15 soldiers -- reportedly mostly Americans and some Germans --were wounded in the close-range assassination-style attack.

The attack at Camp Qargha killed the highest-ranking U.S. officer of the nearly 13-year war and comes as foreign troops prepare to withdraw by the year's end, according to The Associated Press. U.S. officials identified the U.S. officer as a two-star general.

Details about the attack weren't immediately clear. Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter had been killed and that three Afghan army officers were wounded.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that one American soldier was killed and "about a dozen" of the wounded were Americans, but declined to comment further. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss details of the attack by name on the record.

A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that one of the dead was an ISAF service member and the shooting left a "significant number of wounded, both Americans and Afghans."

Germany's military said one NATO soldier was killed, while 15 NATO soldiers were wounded in an assault launched "probably by internal attackers." The wounded also included a German brigadier general, who the German military said was receiving medical treatment and was "not in a life-threatening condition."

NATO said it was investigating the attack, which Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned as "cowardly."

It is "an act by the enemies who don't want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions," Karzai said in a statement.

Officials with the Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment.

Qargha is known as "Sandhurst in the sand," as British forces oversaw building the officer school and its training program. In a statement, the British Defense Ministry said it was investigating the incident and that "it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

The attack comes as so-called "insider attacks" — incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners — largely dropped last year. In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks. In 2012, such attacks killed 53 coalition troops in 38 separate attacks.

Such "insider attacks" are sometimes claimed by the Taliban insurgency as proof of their infiltration. Others are attributed to personal disputes or resentment by Afghans who have soured on the continued international presence in their country more than a dozen years after the fall of the Taliban's ultra-conservative Islamic regime.

Foreign aid workers, contractors and other civilians in Afghanistan are increasingly becoming targets of violence as the U.S.-led military coalition continues a withdrawal to be complete by the end of the year.

In eastern Paktia province, an Afghan police guard also exchanged fire Tuesday with NATO troops near the governor's office, provincial police chief Gen. Zelmia Oryakhail said. The guard was killed in the gunfight, he said. It wasn't clear if the two incidents were linked and police said they were investigating the incident.

Meanwhile Tuesday, a NATO helicopter strike targeting missile-launching Taliban militants killed four civilians in western Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Tuesday. NATO said they were investigating the attack.

The attack in western Herat province comes as civilian casualties from NATO attacks remain a contentious issue across the country. Almost 200 people protested against NATO in Herat on Tuesday, carrying the bodies of the dead civilians into the provincial capital and demanding an investigation.

The strike happened Monday night in the province's Shindan district, said Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial chief of police. He said Taliban militants launched a missile at an airport nearby, drawing the NATO helicopter's fire. He said the NATO attack killed two men, one woman and a child.

In a statement, NATO said it was aware of the attack and was investigating, without elaborating.

NATO "takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and is assessing the facts surrounding this incident," it said.

Civilians increasingly find themselves under fire as the 2001 U.S.-led war draws to a close, as Afghan forces take the lead in operations targeting the Taliban. The civilian death toll in the war in Afghanistan rose 17 percent for the first half of this year, the United Nations reported in July. The U.N. said 1,564 civilians were killed from January through June, compared with 1,342 in the first six months of 2013. It blamed

Insurgents were responsible for 74 percent of the casualties, the U.N. said, while pro-government forces were responsible for 9 percent, government forces 8 percent and foreign troops just 1 percent. The rest could not be attributed to any group.

Outgoing President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly clashed with NATO over civilian casualties.

Afghan security forces also increasingly find themselves under attack as the planned foreign troop withdrawal draws near. On Tuesday, a police car struck a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Nouristan, killing three officers, provincial police chief Abdul Baqi Nouristani said. Two other roadside bombs in northern Sari Pul province killed three people, including a district police chief and his driver, deputy provincial police chief Sakhi Dad Haidary said.


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"Assassinated" is a peculiar word to use to describe a soldier getting killed in an armed conflict.

B_Goetz - "Assassinated" is a peculiar word to use to describe a soldier getting killed in an armed conflict.


http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/05/man-in-afghan-army-uniform-shoots-at-foreign-troops-causing-casualties/



 



copied it right off the article

Fucken cowards Phone Post 3.0

Yea, I would think "killed in the line of duty" would be more appropriate for the description.

They use that term simply because of his rank.

Makes him seem more important.

Weidmans Pet Dragon - Fucken cowards Phone Post 3.0
Not that I condone foreign forces killing our soldiers, but that's pretty much the opposite of a cowardly mission.

Far less cowardly than dropping some carpet bombs on innocent civilians. Phone Post 3.0

Weidmans Pet Dragon - Fucken cowards Phone Post 3.0

Yeah how dare they use a gun they should be brave like Murica and send a drone. When will the world learn?

Imagine an invading/occupying force in the states. Imagine u spend months/years infiltrating and training with their army (or just borrow a uniform) and manage to get close to one of their generals and kill him. Dude has huge balls.

Ridgeback -
BenBJJ - Imagine an invading/occupying force in the states. Imagine u spend months/years infiltrating and training with their army (or just borrow a uniform) and manage to get close to one of their generals and kill him. Dude has huge balls.


Most Americans do not possess this type of imagination. 

Lol at this. Phone Post 3.0

The guy is actually a hero if you think about it. Died defending his country from the invading oppressors.

. Phone Post 3.0

BenBJJ - Imagine an invading/occupying force in the states. Imagine u spend months/years infiltrating and training with their army (or just borrow a uniform) and manage to get close to one of their generals and kill him. Dude has huge balls.


It's like something from Rambo 3.

Bump for Obama giving no public statement or condolences over the death and even skipping the General's funeral for a round of golf.... Really?? I mean really?!?!

http://conservativetribune.com/obama-skips-murdered-generals-funeral/



Why are we in Afghan again? I mean the official story, is it because a rogue terrorist group allegedly took down the twin towers 15 years ago? Surely ISIS is a bigger threat than Al Quada

BenBJJ - Imagine an invading/occupying force in the states. Imagine u spend months/years infiltrating and training with their army (or just borrow a uniform) and manage to get close to one of their generals and kill him. Dude has huge balls.
I read that the killer had three years in the Afghan military before the shooting. Phone Post 3.0

This gonna be HUGE news --just like when the American Ambassador was murdered in Libya. Oh, wait...

 

Takbir?


WOLVERINES!

It is terrible to see any U.S. service member harmed, but we have a whole lot of splainin' to do here.

Entire regions without stability, and millions of future and related deaths pending--though not from me, nor from my family, and hopefully not yours. Map might as well just say "Sadness" and circle the lot of these catastrophes.