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Newsline: US Embassy in Afghanistan closes after attacks

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has closed following deadly insurgent attacks on a German Consulate and an American military base. In a statement late Saturday, the embassy says it will be “closed for routine services” Sunday “as a temporary precautionary measure.” The unusual decision comes after four Americans – two soldiers and two contractors – were killed in a suicide attack Saturday on the Bagram Airfield near the capital, Kabul. Two days earlier, insurgents attacked the German Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing six people and wounding more than 100. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul regularly warns Americans against travel to Afghanistan, where a Taliban-led insurgency is in its 16th year.

http://www.wboc.com/story/33696308/us-embassy-in-afghanistan-closes-after-attacks

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