A man clad in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire Tuesday at a military base north of Kabul killing a two-star U.S. general and wounding 15 other coalition troops.
U.S. officials identified the murdered American late Tuesday as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Greene was the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War.
Greene, who was on his first deployment to a war zone, was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. An engineer by training, he was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.
Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said earlier that the assailant fired into a group of international soldiers at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, and was subsequently killed.
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Among the wounded — half were Americans, one a German brigadier general, two Afghan generals and an Afghan officer.
The attack occurred shortly after Gen. Greene arrived to the base for a visit to the Afghan-NATO training camp.