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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:51 PM

Violence spikes across southern Afghanistan

Source: Associated Press

Violence spikes across southern Afghanistan

AP foreign, Tuesday June 19 2012

DEB RIECHMANN

Associated Press= KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan as militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint Tuesday, a day after gunmen wearing police uniforms killed a U.S. soldier.

The heaviest fighting in Afghanistan this summer has been in the south and east where Afghan forces are increasingly taking charge of security from their international partners. That could signal a rocky transition as foreign combat troops are due to withdraw by the end of 2014.

Most of the attacks over the past two days occurred in the southern Kandahar province, the Taliban's birthplace.

Insurgents attacked a NATO base before dawn Tuesday in Kandahar's Shah Wali Kot district, but no service members were killed, the U.S.-led coalition said.

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