Small Wars Journal

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough to Kill a General

How a Taliban Assassin Got Close Enough to Kill a General by Mujib Mashal and Thomas Gibbons-Neff – New York City

Minutes before killing one of the most important generals in Afghanistan, the infiltrator made a final call to the Taliban.

 

Though only a teenager, the assassin managed to get hired as an elite guard, slipping into government service with a fake ID and no background check.

 

It put him so close to the center of power in Afghanistan that he was just paces away from Gen. Austin S. Miller, the commander of United States and NATO forces, when he suddenly raised his Kalashnikov and started firing in bursts.

 

The attack was a nightmare scenario for American and Afghan security planners: a Taliban operation months in the making that succeeded in breaching a high-level meeting, killing a powerful Afghan general and a provincial intelligence chief, wounding an Afghan governor and an American general — and barely missing General Miller and other officials standing nearby...

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