Highest Ranking Official Killed In The Afghanistan War
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and other Afghans at Camp Qargha, a military academy 11 miles west of Kabul. The camp trains hundreds of Afghan forces a month and was recently renamed the Marshal Fahim National Defense University for the country’s deceased vice president.
A U.S. official described the shooting victim as a two star major general, the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war. American generals usually have their own security details. Today’s shooting is the latest in a string of so-called “green-on-blue” attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of the Afghan forces have attacked U.S. and coalition forces. There have been more than 85 green-on-blue attacks during the war, though they have become less frequent this year as fewer U.S. troops have been on the ground in Afghanistan. “The soldiers were visiting the military academy to help with the buildup of Afghan security forces,” Karzai said. He blamed the attack on “enemies who don’t want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions.”
Afghanistan attacks of 2014:
4 Afghan civilians killed in US strike
Tue Aug 5, 2014 9:9AM
Four Afghan civilians, including two children, are killed in a US-led airstrike in western Afghanistan.
Mon Aug 4, 2014 1:48PM
Sat Aug 2, 2014 9:10PM
Sat Aug 2, 2014 1:0PM
A US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan’s Khost Province kills at least three people.
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:35AM
A bomb attack kills a cousin of Afghanistan’s outgoing President Hamid Karzai in Kandahar.
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:57AM
Some 35 people, mostly Taliban militants, are killed in attacks across Afghanistan.
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:54AM
At least 15 people are killed execution-style in Ghor Province in Afghanistan.
Taliban kills two US-led foreign troopers in southern Afghanistan.
Unknown gunmen kill two Finnish aid workers in western Afghanistan.
A blast rocks a market in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six people.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:38AM
At least four people are killed in another US-led airstrike in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
A bomb attack outside Kabul International Airport kills 4 foreigners.
At least 38 Taliban militants are killed in operations by Afghan forces in different parts of Afghanistan.
Another US assassination drone strike kills at least four in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.
A huge blast reportedly rocks Afghanistan’s major northwestern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Gunmen storm a convoy of presidential guards in Paktika Province, eastern Afghanistan.
Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:7AM
Gunmen attack the Kabul international airport in the Afghan capital, officials say.
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:26PM
At least 89 people are killed in a car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:12PM
At least three people are killed in a US-led airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:48PM
An airstrike by US-led foreign forces leaves five people dead in eastern Afghanistan.
Eleven members of Afghan security forces are killed in militant attacks across Afghanistan.
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:29PM