The U.S. general wounded during last week's attack in Afghanistan, for which the Taliban took credit, is now being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, a military spokesman said Thursday.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was reportedly shot at the Kandahar governor’s compound when a gunman opened fire and killed two senior Afghan officials. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, was also present.
Smiley is the commander in charge of training, advising, and assisting Afghan security forces in the southern part of the country.
Lt. Cmdr. Grant Neeley, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission, confirmed the brigadier general is at the Maryland military hospital but did not provide any other details. The move to Walter Reed was first reported by Task and Purpose.
The attack on top U.S. and Afghan leaders last week was one of the most brazen in recent memory and comes after a difficult year for President Trump’s new strategy for the 17-year-old war.
The Taliban has ratcheted up violence, waged assaults on provincial centers, and caused high casualty rates among the Afghan security forces, which the U.S. hopes can force the Taliban to the negotiating table.