Violence spikes across southern Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan where militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint, while a U.S. service member was killed by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms and eight civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion, authorities said Tuesday. The heaviest fighting in Afghanistan this summer is in the south and east where Afghan forces are increasingly taking charge of security from their international partners. Much of the violence over the two days has been in Kandahar province, the Taliban’s birthplace in the south. On Monday, individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on their U.S. partners,…

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