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2-star US general killed in Afghan green-on-blue attack – reports

 

Muere un general estadounidense en un tiroteo en Kabul
Se trata del militar de EEUU con mayor rango caído en Afganistán. En el ataque contra una academia de oficiales han resultado heridos 16 soldados

PÚBLICO / EFE Kabul 05/08/2014 18:42 

Un general estadounidense de la OTAN ha muerto este martes por los disparos efectuados por un soldado afgano contra tropas nacionales y de la Alianza en una academia de oficiales del Ejército de Afganistán en Kabul. En el tiroteo también resultaron heridos trece soldados de las fuerzas internacionales ─siete estadounidenses, cinco británicos y un alemán─ y tres miembros de las fuerzas militares afganas.
El fallecido es el militar de EEUU de mayor rango caído en Afganistán. Los medios estadounidenses no han identificado al general, de dos estrellas, muerto y han advertido de que la cifra de víctimas mortales podría variar debido a la gravedad de los militares heridos en el ataque.
Fuentes del Pentágono citadas por los medios estadounidenses aseguraron que el atentado llevado a cabo por un único atacante se produjo cuando un grupo de oficiales visitaban el complejo militar, administrado por el Reino Unido. El Ministerio de Defensa afgano aseguró en un comunicado que el atacante fue abatido.
Estas acciones son conocidas en jerga militar como ataques green on blue (verde contra azul), en alusión al color de los uniformes de las respectivas fuerzas. Se trata del segundo ataque de este tipo en lo que va de año tras la muerte de dos soldados de la misión de la ISAF a manos de dos desconocidos que vestían el uniforme de las fuerzas de seguridad afganas, en febrero pasado.
En 2012, se registraron más de medio centenar de tales ataques, aunque la tendencia disminuyó en 2013, al calor del papel cada vez más secundario que desempeñan las tropas extranjeras en Afganistán, país del que tienen previsto retirarse completamente a fines de 2016. El conflicto en el país asiático se encuentra en uno de los momentos más sangrientos desde la invasión estadounidense que propició la caída del régimen integrista islámico de los talibanes a finales de 2001 y a pocos meses de la retirada de la ISAF a finales de año.

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A U.S. Army soldier from 10th Mountain Division, patrols Aranas, Afghanistan

Cpl. Michael Good, a Soldier from B Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, moves along a path overlooking the mountainside village of Aranas while on patrol in the Nuristan province. ARANAS, Afghanistan. Photo by Spc. Eric Jungels. This photo appeared on www.army.mil.

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An Afghan National Army soldier gestures outside the gates of a British-run military academy, where an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops inside the premises, on the outskirts of Kabul on August 5, 2014 (AFP Photo / Wakil Kohsar)

 An Afghan National Army soldier gestures outside the gates of a British-run military academy, where an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops inside the premises, on the outskirts of Kabul on August 5, 2014 (AFP Photo / Wakil Kohsar)

Un soldado del Ejército Nacional Afgano en las puertas de una academia militar de gestión británica en las afueras de Kabul, donde un soldado afgano abrió fuego contra las tropas de la OTAN desde dentro de las instalaciones, el 5 de agosto 2014 

 

 

2-star US general killed in Afghan green-on-blue attack – reports

http://rt.com/news/178168-general-killed-attack-afghanistan/

 

A two-star American general has been killed and 15 others injured in an attack at the military training academy in Afghanistan, according to media reports.

A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops on Tuesday. A German brigadier general was seriously injured and an American two-star general was killed in the shootout, reported Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Associated Press that an American two-star general was killed in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces. The attacker wounded about 15 people roughly half of whom were Americans, one official told the agency.

ABC News also cited in its report a US official who described the shooting victim as “a two star major general.” The Pentagon told the agency that in addition to one fatality, 15 ISAF personnel were injured.

"We are in the process of assessing the situation," the ISAF Joint Command said in a statement. "More information will be released as we sort out the facts."

The German brigadier-general is “not in a life-threatening condition,” German military said as cited by the AP.

ISAF, in a statement obtained by RT, confirmed that an incident occurred on Tuesday involving local Afghan and ISAF troops at The Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

This facility was incorrectly named Camp Qargha in an earlier ISAF release.

“At this time, ISAF can confirm one ISAF service member was killed. This incident is under investigation,” the ISAF said. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification to the relevant national authorities,” it added.

The American major general was shot by an Afghan soldier at close range, writes the New York Times, citing an official from the American-led coalition and Afghan media. The officer, the paper adds, was the highest-ranking member of the US military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war.

The unnamed source in the coalition also said that an unspecified number of other coalition service members and Afghan soldiers, including a senior Afghan commander were also shot. No details regarding their conditions have so far been released.

According to reports, the incident occurred around noon, but details of the attack were not immediately clear. Gen. Mohammmad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Ministry, said a "terrorist in an army uniform" opened fire on both local and international troops. Azimi said the shooter was killed and added that three Afghan army officers were wounded.

NATO said in a statement that it was “in the process of assessing the situation.”

So far, the motivation for the attack remains unclear.

The so-called green-on-blue, or insider attacks, where Afghan soldiers opened fire on NATO troops, have been common during the Afghan campaign. In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks, while a year before 53 coalition troops were killed in 38 such attacks, according to AP.

 

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2014: Withdrawal continues and the insurgency increases

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_%282001%E2%80%93present%29

After 2013, Afghanistan has been shook hard with suicide bombings by the Taliban. A clear example of this is a bombing of a Lebanese restaurant in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul on 18 February 2014. Among the dead in this attack was UN staff and the owner of the restaurant, who died protecting his business. 21 people altogether were killed. Meanwhile, the withdrawal continues with 200 more US troops alone coming home. The UK have halved their force and are slowing withdrawing with all but two bases being closed down. On 20 March 2014, more than 4 weeks after a bomb in a military bus by the Taliban rocked the city once again, a raid on the Serena hotel in Kabul by the Taliban resulted in the deaths of 9 people, including the 4 perpetrators. The attack came just 8 days after Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner was shot dead by the Taliban.

In March 2014, The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The good news is that so far, Russia has shown no inclination to use the NDN [Northern Distribution Network, key supply line to Afghanistan that runs through Russia] as leverage in the wake of US retaliation for its troop movements in Crimea."[331]

On June 9, 2014 a coalition air strike mistakenly killed five U.S. troops, an Afghan National Army member and an interpreter in Zabul Province.[332]

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Victims of the Narang night raid that killed at least 10 Afghan civilians, December 2009

At least 10 Afghan civilians, including eight schoolchildren, have been killed in fighting involving Western troops in Narang district of Kunar Province in Afghanistan.

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