Local politicians extended condolences following news that U.S. two-star general Harold Greene was killed, and some 15 others wounded, when a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on NATO troops at Camp Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan.
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., expressed regret at the loss of life in Afghanistan and sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives.
“Anytime we lose a soldier in battle, it’s a great loss. Those are the people who pay the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy,” Bishop said. “Our prayers go out to the families. The military families sacrifice greatly when their loved ones put their lives on the line and go into harm’s way.”
Bishop said he served as co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, which gave him an insight into “the unique issues that military families face.”
“Of course, this in one of those most unfortunate things that military families sometimes have to face, and our hearts go out to them,” Bishop said. “When people go into the military as a career, they understand that this is a possibility, but they’re committed to doing that, to making that ultimate sacrifice."
Greene, a major general, is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed since the start of the war in Afghanistan, following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Americans made up about half of the wounded, according to officials The Germany military said 15 NATO soldiers were wounded.
NATO said it was investigating the attack, which Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned as “cowardly.”