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The body of Army Maj. Gen Harold Greene, the highest ranking American officer to be killed in the Afghan War, was returned to the United States on Thursday in a brief, solemn ceremony at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base.

The 55-year-old New York native will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Eight soldiers carried Greene's flag-draped coffin slowly down the ramp of an Air Force transport plane Thursday morning and placed it in a waiting van. The soldiers saluted as the van was slowly driven away.

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The two-star general was killed Tuesday when an assailant named Rafiqullah, who was wearing an Afghan military uniform, opened fire as a group of coalition troops were assembled at an Afghan training base.

Fifteen other troops, including eight Americans, a German brigadier general and two Afghan generals, were injured in the attack.

The assault appeared to be the latest incident of a so-called "insider attack," in which Afghan soldiers turn on American and coalition troops.

Greene had served for more than 30 years in the Army but had never been deployed in a war zone, according to the Pentagon.

He had been assigned to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University near Kabul, training the Afghan army in advance of the U.S. military's withdrawal from the country.

He had been scheduled to fly home from his Afghan mission at the end of the week, according to Albany's TWC News.

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