Washington, Aug 5 (EFE). The U.S. general who was killed Tuesday in Kabul in an attack by an Afghan soldier was Harold J. Greene, deputy head of the Combined Security Transition CommandAfghanistan, Defense Department officials said.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greene, 55, lived in Falls Church, Virginia, and had served in the armed forces for more than three decades.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
During his lengthy military career he had also served in Iraq.
A native of upstate New York, Greene joined the armed forces in 1980 after graduating with an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and he later obtained a Master of Strategic Studies at the Army War College and a doctorate from USC.
Greene is the highestranking U.S. soldier to be killed since the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, when a threestar general lost his life.
An assailant in an Afghan military uniform shot at least 16 members of the NATOled International Security Assistance Force during Tuesday's incident at Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul.
The gunman was then killed by Afghan troops.
Among the wounded were a German brigadier general and two Afghan generals, authorities said.
The fatal shooting of the U.S. general represents "one of the highestranking deaths in the war since 9/11," Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
The Pentagon initially withheld the name of the slain general pending notification of his next of kin.
"There are a number of casualties, perhaps up to 15, that include some Americans," Kirby said. "Not all of the casualties are American. There were other coalition members that fell victim to this shooting."