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U.S. general killed in Afghan insider attack

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:29

An Afghan soldier has killed a U.S. general and wounded more than a dozen coalition troops after opening fire at a military training facility in Kabul. Deborah Gembara reports.

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A U.S. Army General has been killed in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan. Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby SOUNDBITE: Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby saying: "I can confirm that an individual believed to be an Afghan soldier fired today into a group of coalition troops at the Marshall Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, Afghanistan. There are a number of casualties as the result of the shooting, perhaps up to fifteen, to include some Americans. Many were seriously wounded, others received only minor injuries. The assailant was killed. I can also confirm that among the casualties was an American general officer, who was killed. Given that the family notification process is not yet complete, I cannot and will not release any additional information about the general. I'm sure you can understand that we want to respect the notification process, and the family's privacy at this time." It all happend here at this British-run military academy in Kabul --- coalition forces say an Afghan soldier with a light machine gun opened fire on international troops. Attacks on coalition forces by the Afghan soliders and police they've trained also known as green-on-blue attacks have some wondering about the vetting process used to screen armed personnel. The incident also raises concerns about the power vaccum the U.S. will leave in the country when it begins drawing down forces.

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U.S. general killed in Afghan insider attack

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:29