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US General Killed in Kabul by Afghan Gunman

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers keep watch at the gate of a British-run military training academy Camp Qargha, in Kabul, Aug. 5, 2014.
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers keep watch at the gate of a British-run military training academy Camp Qargha, in Kabul, Aug. 5, 2014.
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A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a U.S. general and wounded as many as 15 other U.S. and international troops in Kabul Tuesday.

U.S. officials identified the officer as Major General Harold Greene, a 34-year Army veteran. He is the highest-ranking U.S. serviceman killed in action since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001.

Greene and the others, including a German general, were shot during a routine visit to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul - a military training center.

The Afghan Defense Ministry describes the gunman as a terrorist wearing an Afghan army uniform. He also was killed.

U.S. and Afghan officials believe the shooting was an insider attack, in which Afghan soldiers turn their guns on U.S. and allied forces.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the shooting and offered his condolences to all the victims.

The United Nations in Afghanistan described the shooting as a tragedy.

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by: Hamidi from: Kabul Afghanistan
August 06, 2014 2:23 AM
Me too upset and sad for that bad news, but let me Say that it all are due to the less care of ISAF regarding Afghan Civilians, and since they are in Afghanistan they are attacking the civilians in Weeding, night attacks, bombings, or they thought that they are shooting Taliban or Al-Qaida. And it is the reason that Afghani Solders in ANA or ANP get angry and want to kill the International collation as will, for Example I trucked all this kind of attacks against Americans or other ISAF forces, every time it happened after American Special force or any other ISAF killed the Civilians in any part or province of Afghanistan Maybe Media also have that experience and if someone want to check regarding this thy could take it from Media
Hamidi
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 06, 2014 9:00 AM
Hey Hamidi from Kabul Afghanistan;... That's why Karzai didn't sign the "US Security Agreement" to leave about 8,000 to 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan, to use Navy Seals in Attack Helicopters and Killer Drone rockets and bombs to kill enemies of America, (because), the US wanted "guaranteed immunity from prosecution" for killing all the Afghan innocent civilians, they usually kill with impunity..... Karzai told the US to take their Navy Seal assassins, and their Killer Drones and rockets and bombs, back to America, because Karzai believed the US troops should be tried and prosecuted as criminals in Afghan courts, for killing innocent Afghans.....

Just maybe the US troops would take a second look at their targets, before shooting the missiles, or dropping the bombs, if they'd be facing prosecution in Afghan courts for killing innocent Afghan civilians, do you think?

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
August 06, 2014 1:34 AM
Targeting enemy military personnel is legitimate. This is an international norm. What's immoral and criminality is killing innocent civilians by using the killer drones and launching destructive cruise missiles from safe distance.
If any group targets solely military or armed security then we should not call that group terrorists or barbaric.
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 06, 2014 10:47 AM
Hey Xaaji Dhagax from Somalia;... Define TERROIZE, verb (used with object), "To produce widespread fear by acts of violence as bombings.".... dictionary.com By every legal definition of the word TERROIZE, (bombings of civilians) by US and Israel killer drone bombs are acts of terror, and meant to terrorize civilians, like suicide bombers, roadside bombs, bicycle, car and truck bombs, and those who use them are committing terrorist acts, and are legally terrorists, by definition....




by: Silverback
August 05, 2014 4:35 PM
I would be way upset and concerned about this had I not been inform by our POTUS that we had them on the run, they were only a shadow of what they had been. Chill!
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 06, 2014 9:11 AM
Obama "quote" said it;... "Al-Qaeda is on the run, and their leadership has been decimated".... (and now), will somebody please tell the naive Obama, that Al-Qaeda and it's affiliates are running through Asia, Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and heading to Europe, and then to the Americas.... NOBODY is afraid of America anymore, and their credibility is suspect....

by: Samantha from: DC
August 05, 2014 4:20 PM
If you knew anything about modern day Ukrainian politics, you would know that Ukraine has never been stable and that Crimea has always been considered a flashpoint in the former Soviet states. Poroshenko is doing a lot better than most would have. Kudos to him. I do agree with you about Iraq.

by: Kevin from: Bavaria
August 05, 2014 4:12 PM
Total value of American military action since WWII is negative. Time to stand down and give up. We haven't had the slightest clue what we were doing for generations. No thank you for your service, soldiers, you aren't doing anybody any good.
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 06, 2014 11:18 AM
Hey Kevin from Bavaria;.... America started interfering in other countries politics, to change their governments or their leaders, to be supportive and support America in changing the world, to how America wants the world to be like, (regardless of the consequences), they bring violence, destruction, killings and wars that never seem to end...... The new world order, by America?

by: GK from: california
August 05, 2014 2:30 PM
US foreign policy is the root of most of world's problems. Iraq was a stable country, now look there. Ukraine was stable - thanks to US's support to topple a govt, now nobody knows. Afghanistan - US or Nato cant do crap, they have been this way for centuries. Thanks to US's support, kids are getting killed in Gaza ... the list goes on.

If all of this can be justified to help the majority of the US economy, its probably ok. The truth is, all of this takes US tax payer's money to profit just a few.
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 06, 2014 8:55 PM
Hey GK from California;... We are trying to change the world, to be like we are, (but if they won't listen), we have to teach them like children, (and punish them), with violence, destruction, killings and wars, that never seem to end.... IF ONLY those countries would do what we want, (then), we wouldn't have to try to change the leaders, or the government to be like us?.... IF ONLY?

by: Anonymous
August 05, 2014 2:24 PM
When this collective madness will stop

by: ali baba from: new york
August 05, 2014 12:06 PM
The bottom line that all American Citizen have to leave Afghanistan .It is barbaric society and no money no scarfing lives for these barbaric people

by: Marina from: USA
August 05, 2014 12:02 PM
this is a fight against Islam..!! do not try to color it..!! its Good Vs. Evil..!! Its the Jewdeo/Christian Vs. the revulsion of Islam. Britain, Australia, Israel, Russia, China... we are all targets of these despicable Muslims... and its time to fight back
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by: Chazal from: Sonoma County, CA
August 05, 2014 2:36 PM
"Judeo"...what? — Nonsense! There's nothing "Judeo" in our Western civilization. — Gosh I'm sick and tired of this stupid mantra. American values are strict Christian and Agnostic and there's no trace of any other foundational values—Judaism included.
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by: Ali baba from: New york
August 05, 2014 2:15 PM
I agree with you. Afghanistan is ideal example for what you say. American went there and spend A billion Dollar per /day . American build for them schools and hospital. still they are not appreciate that and all we got back over 1000 had been killied and look what is happening today. can we trust these type of people . I understand that American has to withdraw by the end of year. Our politicos made a sort of deal to keep some troops and our senator agree to pay money to pay salary of afghan teachers. It is disgusting . When we talk about Islam , your comment will never published . Even you can classified as fanatic or extremist. but the people who killed Christian openly ,no body is talking about them .

by: George Bush is a loser
August 05, 2014 11:51 AM
Get the hell out, you're American presence isn't wanted.
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by: meanbill from: USA
August 05, 2014 6:05 PM
NO COUNTRY in the history of the world has ever won a war by hiding behind (30) foot high blast-proof walls like little girls, (but since 2009), that's been the US hide and seek strategy, and using killer drones bombs to kill suspect enemies of America, (and), G.W. was out of the White House when this new cowardly "hide and seek strategy' became the norm..... REALLY, bring the troops home, they can hide behind fences in America....
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by: ali baba from: new york
August 05, 2014 1:59 PM
God bless Gorge Bush. We need another Bush for the good of the country
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