Body of US general killed by Afghan soldier returns

A US Army detail carries a transfer case with the body of Major General Harold Greene during a dignified transfer at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware 7 August 2014

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The body of a US general killed in Afghanistan has returned to the US in a military ceremony in Delaware.

Major General Harold Greene was killed by an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul.

Soldiers carried a metal case draped with the US flag with Greene's remains off a military plane to a mortuary vehicle as Army officials saluted.

Maj Gen Greene is the highest-ranking US military official to have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He was the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command, involved in preparations for the withdrawal of coalition troops at the end of the year.

The BBC understands the shooting at Camp Qargha happened after a dispute broke out.

Maj-Gen Harold Greene (August 2014) Maj Gen Greene is the most senior US soldier to die in combat since the Vietnam War
The Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the United States Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army and Col Richard G. Moore, Commander, 436th Airlift Wing, (L-R) attend the dignified transfer of the remains of Major General Harold Greene at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, 7 August 2014 Top US Army officials saluted Maj Gen Greene's remains during the ceremony

The Afghan soldier, who was recruited three years ago, opened fire from a guard post at a large group of senior Afghan and international troops, Afghan defence ministry sources told the BBC.

The gunman was shot and killed.

The Pentagon described it as an isolated attack and insisted that there has been no breakdown of trust between coalition soldiers and their Afghan counterparts. At least 15 soldiers were wounded.

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Eye-witness of attack

The first three shots hit the ground and no one knew where the shots were coming from. The gunshots continued for about three minutes. Everybody was shouting from all sides.

About three minutes into the shooting, one bodyguard located the shooter and shot him. It was then we realised that the attacker was shooting from the small window of a bathroom in a single-storey building about five metres from where everyone had gathered.

We heard a shout that "Gen Greene is down, bring the first aid kit". He had already died.

The witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, was speaking to the BBC Afghan service in Kabul

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Maj Gen Greene's return comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Afghanistan to try to resolve the crisis surrounding the recent disputed presidential poll.

He will meet presidential rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah on his two-day visit to discuss recounting votes.

The family of deceased U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene, (From L) daughter Amelia Greene, daughter-in-law Kasandra Greene, son Army 1st Lt. Matthew Greene and wife retired Col. Susan Myers are seen during his dignified transfer at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, 7 August 2014 Maj Gen Greene's family leaves the military transport during the ceremony
An Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene 7 August 2014 Dover Air Force Base is home to the country's largest military mortuary

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