Man in Afghan Uniform Kills US General
He would be highest-ranking American officer killed since Vietnam
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2014 10:30 AM CDT
An Afghan laborer walks past a gate of Camp Qargha as Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

(Newser) – A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire today on NATO troops at a military base, killing a US two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, killed the highest-ranking US officer of the nearly 13-year war. In fact, the New York Times says he would be the highest-ranking officer killed in hostile action since the Vietnam War. For now, US officials have identified him only as a major general. One official said about half of the wounded were Americans.

Gen. Mohammad 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. He did not offer a motive for the assault. The attack comes after so-called "insider attacks"—incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners—saw a large drop last year.

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charlie hawaii
Aug 6, 2014 1:16 AM CDT
Sad to hear good General got hurt.it our country support our troops. Let say no to drugs let not support mafia, drug house ,drug cartel, and their front business. some family been in business for 30-40 years may be 2-3 generation of crime businesss some might be informant how many did the bad people kill let stop Hawaii mafia like business please.
Cocksure
Aug 5, 2014 4:54 PM CDT
Good. More Generals should be put in harm's way and get shot or blown up. They are happy to send our troops into battle while drinking scotch in luxury. Generals have private chefs in their entourage. I say make them live in the exact same conditions they order our troops into. The Pentagon maintains lavish housing for Generals as if they were all Napoleon. How many golf courses does the Pentagon maintain? Answer: 194. How many traveling military bands that tour the world playing concerts? One is too many. These perks need to disappear permanently. There are almost 1000 Generals and Admirals that all live like kings and have staffs that cost a million a year per General to maintain. Private jets, chefs, luxurious housing, servants, and great retirement benefits. For what. To rape the American taxpayers with no benefit to the people. The Pentagon is a secret society that forbids accountability. (I have known and worked directly with some of these pampered scumbags.) We need to send auditors into the Pentagon and tear it apart. Generals are not worth what they cost us. Cut the Pentagon by 50% NOW.
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Aug 5, 2014 4:10 PM CDT
Well, I was right. Afghans are celebrating... I think United States will forever go down in history as the Empire of Chaos. I wouldn't make long-term goals in the US. I predict 5-10 years before total collapse of the US economy. Russian gas deal with China in a major milestone to kill greenback monopoly. Other Brazil, India and South Africa will follow same pattern. By then Empire of Chaos will be too weak to invade any of them. Civil unrest in US will follow and the world will embrace multipolarity leaving greenback as a bad dream. We live in exiting but dangerous times. Empire of Chaos is weak, cornered and it has nukes. Right now it is critical to protect South Africa as the Empire of Chaos aims it's bloody claws at Africa.