Miller, 57, took over last month as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, replacing Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. A veteran of some of the U.S. military’s most secretive combat units, Miller formerly led the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command and participated in numerous combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Thursday’s brazen attack followed a spate of insurgent and political violence during the run-up to Saturday’s parliamentary elections. The Taliban has threatened to “severely disrupt” the elections and warned Afghans against participating in what the radical Islamist group regards as a pretext for perpetuating U.S. intervention in the country.
The Taliban warned students and teachers in particular to stay away from voting places, many of which are in schools. But the group said it would seek to avoid harm to civilians.
Source: U.S. commander in Afghanistan survives the deadly attack at governor’s compound that kills top Afghan police general | The Washington Post