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August 5, 2014 - 11:08 am
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A U.S. major general became the highest ranking American to be killed since the start of the war in Afghanistan when a shooter in an Afghan uniform opened fire on a delegation of coalition officials.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, who didn’t release the name of the fallen pending notification of the next of kin, told reporters that there is currently “no indications” that the shooter “wasn’t anything other than a member of the Afghan national security forces.”

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi, though, told local media that the attack was carried out by a terrorist who had disguised himself in an Afghan army uniform.

“I can confirm that an individual believed to be an Afghan soldier fired today into a group of coalition troops at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, Afghanistan. There are a number of casualties as a result of the shooting, perhaps up to 15, to include some Americans. Many were seriously wounded. Others received only minor injuries. The assailant was killed,” Kirby said.

“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,” he continued. ”The incident will be jointly investigated by Afghan and ISAF authorities. That investigation is just now getting underway. We need to let it proceed before speculating about any specific circumstances.”

Kirby said the officers were on ”a routine visit” to the institution, “which is akin to their sort of officers academy.”

“But I would point you to ISAF for the exact details. I don’t know. It was a routine site visit is how I understand it… not all of the casualties are American. There were other coalition members that fell victim to this shooting. So as I understand it, it was a coalition — an ISAF site visit to the university. I really don’t have any more details than that about how long they’d been there, what were they looking at. I just don’t know,” he said.

The International Security Assistance Force was sketchy with details, simply noting that “at this time, ISAF can confirm one ISAF service member was killed” and the “incident is under investigation.”

Afghanistan’s TOLO News reported that one of the seven U.S. soldiers wounded was a brigadier general and one of the three Afghan officers wounded was a general. Also reportedly wounded were five Brits and one German.

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"....the attack was carried out by a terrorist who had disguised himself in an Afghan army uniform."

What a dangerous fantasy. The attack was carried out by an Afghan soldier, and is one in a very, very, very long line of similar attacks. And it's not just American soldiers being killed: Look at the Afghan army officer who shot the journalists Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon as they sat, unarmed and defenseless, in a car that he was supposed to be guarding. And yet here we sit, twirling our hair, pretending to have nooooo idea how someone in an Afghan army uniform has come to kill Americans. Gosh, he must have stolen that uniform and disguised himself as an Afhan soldier, right?
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It was simply a work-related-accident, there's no need to blow it up out of proportion and context...
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I say we do a 100% troop withdrawal and as we go we take out any man that remotely looks like a terrorist and to hell with the collateral damage. And while we're at it we ruin the whole poppy crop with herbicide. A "!@#$ you and the horse you rode in on" statement on the way out.
Then we carpet bomb any visible ISIS formations moving on the Kurds by way of apology for betraying them after Gulf War 1.
Better to be feared than liked, or in our case than held in contempt as the weak horse.
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How many hundreds (or thousands) of enlisted men have been killed in similar circumstances? Nobody seemed to much care or notice up the chain of command before this episode. Now that the chain of command itself has been targeted and hit maybe someone with more than a few brain cells and the wherewithal to make the call will halt these stupid interactions with their 'military' personnel. Seems everyone on their side is out to make jihad and our military is the main target.

I predict Afghanistan will be a big failure in less time than was Iraq and we can all thank George Bush for this 'gift'. We should have gone into Afghanistan - kicked ass and taken names - then left them to their goats and poppies.

Lesson learned? You can't democratize a bunch of backward goat-screwing religious idiot savants.

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The Afghans want us gone. Let's oblige them.

After we leave, let's airdrop weapons and ammunition to both sides until they've all slaughtered each other. These are the most intractably backward people on the planet. They're stuck in the ninth century.

Since they love killing, let's help them relieve all of us of their hideous, primitive, sadistic, destructive existence. It'll be their choice.
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Obama's Afghan policy brings more blood on his hands as the victims climb up the ranks. Military general officers not likely to remain tolerant much longer.
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All over the world MUSLIMS are killing other MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS and HINDUS and BUDDHISTS and ANIMISTS but if you get your information from the Lame Stream EneMedia you would never know it - Oh you might know something has happened but the perpetrators will never be identified as MUSLIMS they will use EUPHEMISMS like 'WORK PLACE VIOLENCE" 'OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS' 'ETHNIC VIOLENCE' etc and distortion to hide that fact from you. The UN of course will NEVER condemn MUSLIMS for crimes against humanity or war crimes in UN la la land those charges are only made against JEWS or sometimes CHRISTIANS.
Juts like the EneMedia most Politicians are gutless,naive and gullible and also NEVER condemn MUSLIMS -Oh they might mention this group or that group but they will NEVER say they act because of ISLAM when they quite clearly are following what the KORAN teaches.
Israel occupies LESS than one SIXTH or 1% of the land that ARABS and MUSLIMS occupy . The JEW in Israel number 5,000,000 but there are 300,000,000 ARABS and 1,5 BILLION MUSLIMS - now THAT is what I call DISPROPORTIONATE.
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The attacker became a terrorist as soon as he murdered in the name of Allah, Muhammad and the Koran?

No, the attacker was an extremist until he followed the true path of Muhammad, Koran and my god of the Kabba.

Thank you for your service to our country General, but if an American 2 star General trusts the enemy and places trust in COIN, your a stronger man than me Sir. Please tell G-d to come back now.
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@Retired84

I hear you, but there is no need to shoot ourselves in the foot
while targeting our enemies; Make deals with the local Khans:
Bounties on terrorists, top dollar for opium, gold on delivery.
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"...the shooter was vetted through the facility’s rigorous security procedures."

That's nice, but rigorous security procedures don't tell you what's going on inside someone's head.

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If Ebola was a country it would be Afcrapistan.
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"....the attack was carried out by a terrorist who had disguised himself in an Afghan army uniform."

What a dangerous fantasy. The attack was carried out by an Afghan soldier, and is one in a very, very, very long line of similar attacks. And it's not just American soldiers being killed: Look at the Afghan army officer who shot the journalists Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon as they sat, unarmed and defenseless, in a car that he was supposed to be guarding. And yet here we sit, twirling our hair, pretending to have nooooo idea how someone in an Afghan army uniform has come to kill Americans. Gosh, he must have stolen that uniform and disguised himself as an Afhan soldier, right?
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Some fantasies never change - Or do they ?

1964 The Richard Boone Show 'A Need of Valor' The money quote is at 13:00

'I think it was an ambush, but I think it was what we used to call 'Chicago Style'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuLfL0XEnlA
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Well with our current crop of voters we will have to wait until they invade the US and hold every body at gunpoint before the voters will decide to support military action. Then these same voters will blame the military for letting it happen.
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And they'll apologize to the perpetrators for whatever we did to make them become so violent.
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It was simply a work-related-accident, there's no need to blow it up out of proportion and context...
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How many Afghanis have we killed?
Guess they are being proportionate after Obama's drone strikes, killing our military leaders.
Aren't we playing by Hamas rules now?
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