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High ranking military officer killed in Afghanistan

Major General Harold Greene killed in Afghanistan
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As the war is winding down and many American's forget there are still roughly 38,000 military personnel in Afghanistan we are reminded with a hard lesson. Today's events in Kabul are another illustration of the dangers service members face during the drawdown and amid tensions with their Afghan counterparts. The Pentagon has yet to confirm the identity of the soldier killed in today's attack.
A man, dressed in an Afghan soldier’s uniform, opened fire at the Afghan Military Academy killing a United States General and injuring 15 more. According to US officials 5 of the 8 Americans are seriously injured. According to the German military, one of their Generals was also injured however was not life threatening. In addition, 5 British soldiers were injured in the attack. The assailant, thought to be an Afghan soldier, was killed, said Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.
Several US Media sources are reporting that the service member killed was Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul. With inside attacks declining in Afghanistan, only 15 against foreign troops in 2013 according to an April 2014 Pentagon report down from 48 in 2012, this causes uneasiness as to the relationships between the coalition and the ANSF. In May, Obama announced plans to reduce U.S. troop strength to 9,800 by the end of this year and to half that number in late 2015. Only a small security assistance force at the U.S. embassy would remain by the end of 2016, as Obama prepares to leave office.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene is the most senior U.S. military official killed in action overseas since the war in Vietnam. A Pentagon biography says he was a native of upstate New York who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980 and held two master’s degrees in engineering and a Ph.D. in materials science. His decorations include the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters. He is survived by his wife Col. Sue Myers, Study Director at the U.S. Army War College, and his daughter Amelia.

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