US Army General Wounded In Afghanistan Attack

KABUL — A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province, a military spokesman confirmed.

US Army Brigadier Gen­eral Jeffrey Smiley, in charge of NATO’s military advisory mission in Afghanistan, suf­fered at least one gunshot wound in Thursday’s attack, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

A gunman wearing an Af­ghan security forces uniform opened fire on a group including General Scott Miller — the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan — and powerful Af­ghan police chief General Abdul Raziq as they ended a meeting in the southern city of Kandahar.

Raziq, an anti-Taliban strongman and key US ally who was credited with keeping a lid on the insurgency in the south, was killed along with Kanda­har’s provincial intelligence chief and an Afghan journalist.

Colonel David Butler, spokesman for US forces in Af­ghanistan, initially confirmed on Twitter that three unidenti­fied people were injured: one US service member, one US civilian and a coalition contractor.

Later, in tweets discuss­ing US media reports that named Smiley, he confirmed he was wounded.

That the Taliban could mount a deadly insider as­sault in such a secure location rattled Afghanistan, a country long used to high-profile tar­geted killings and violence. It was also an unusual incident for the US military, whose gen­erals seldom face attack and are rarely wounded.

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