U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded during a recent insider attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission told Task & Purpose on Sunday.
“I can confirm that he is recovering from a gunshot wound," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Grant Neeley said.
Smiley, the commander of Train, Advise, Assist and Command – South, was hit by gunfire during an attack earlier this week reportedly carried out by the Kandahar governor's bodyguard, who killed the Kandahar police chief, intelligence chief, and wounded the governor.
He is being treated at a military hospital in Kandahar, and for the time being, remains the TAAC-South commander, Neeley said. If he were to be evacuated for follow-on care at the U.S. military base in Landstuhl, Germany, his deputy Col. David Zinn would likely take his place (Neeley declined to comment on whether Smiley would be able to return to duty).
A general officer becoming a casualty has been exceptionally rare in Afghanistan. In 2011, German Army Gen. Markus Kneip was wounded in a suicide attack in Taloqan, and in 2014, U.S. Army Gen. Harold Greene was killed by an insider attacker in Kabul, making him the highest-ranking casualty of the Afghan War.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, and Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz were killed, a Pentagon news release says.
President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
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