Killed army officer was true hero – U.S

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 6th, 2014

The United States military has paid tribute to Major Gen. Harold Greene, killed by an Afghan soldier in an insider attack on Tuesday, as a “true hero.”

Gen. Greene, the most senior US soldier killed in action overseas since Vietnam, was shot dead as he visited a United Kingdom-run military training facility, the BBC reports.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the shooting was a “cowardly attack.”

Officials said the Afghan soldier who opened fire had subsequently been shot dead.

At least 15 other soldiers were injured. Two Britons, several Americans and generals from Germany and Afghanistan were among the wounded.

Insider attacks have become one of the defining features of the later phase of the conflict in Afghanistan.

They have hampered efforts to train the country’s 350,000-strong security force as they prepare to take on the Taliban once most US and NATO forces depart.

The BBC says the attack raises new doubts about NATO’s ability to train Afghan forces

US Army spokesperson, Juanita Chang, described Gen. Greene as a “true hero.”

She said he was working “to better advance the Afghans and the cause in Afghanistan.”

“He really believed what he was doing over there,” she said.

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