Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

General view of a military academy base after an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops inside the premises, on the outskirts of Kabul on August 5, 2014A US general has been shot dead in Afghanistan, becoming the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since 9/11, in an insider attack that left more than a dozen wounded including a senior German officer. The shooting, which killed Major General Harold J. Greene, rocked the US-led project to train up the Afghan army as NATO combat forces withdraw after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. Greene, who was the deputy for acquisitions at the US Army headquarters in Washington, was also the highest-ranking US officer slain since the September 11, 2001 attacks, when Lieutenant General Timothy Joseph Maude was killed by a hijacked airliner that crashed into the Pentagon. The Afghan soldier was himself killed after he opened fire during a high-level visit by NATO officers on Tuesday to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a sprawling training complex on the outskirts of the capital.

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