Afganistan. Insider attack
August 6, 2014
Routine visit’ turns deadly
The attack occurred during a routine visit to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul to look at improvements made at the school, Kirby said. In addition to the general’s slaying, up to 15 coalition troops were wounded in the shooting rampage.
The shooter was wearing an Afghan military uniform and is believed to be someone who had served for some time in a unit of the Afghan armed forces, Kirby said.
“A person that we believe was an Afghan soldier opened fire and hit many with his weapon,” he said.
The Afghan Defense Ministry described the shooter as a “terrorist” and said Afghan soldiers shot him dead.
General helped lead training
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno released a condolence statement confirming Greene’s death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene‘s family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan,” Odierno said in the statement, referring to other officers who were hurt.
“These soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army. “
Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, described the general as a very experienced officer who was a leader in the training command in Afghanistan. He was an expert in infrastructure and logistics, Kirby said.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed condolences on his official Facebook page Tuesday night.
“We serve, and where we serve we are often at risk,” he said. “God bless those wounded and killed in Afghanistan yesterday and their families.”
Insider attacks: ‘A threat you can’t completely eliminate’
This isn’t the first time people dressed in Afghan security forces uniforms have attacked coalition forces who have worked to thwart such violence.