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Voice of America 11 Dec 2019

Bomber Hits Medical Facility Near US Air Base in Afghanistan


A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility, Wednesday, December 11, near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the US military said.
Six Afghans were reported injured.
The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the US military said. (AP)

A powerful suicide bomb went off near a gate at Bagram Air Base and was followed by gunfire.
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BBC Persian correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard was allowed inside the high security base to see the damage and speak to soldiers who survived the attack.
Iran claims it has killed more than 80 Americans after firing ballistic missiles at US military targets in Iraq. The missiles reportedly hit two bases, the Al Asad air base in Western Iraq and another near the city of Erbil. The US defense department says it is still assessing the full extent of the damage, and US President Donald Trump is due to speak later today. Iran's revolutionary guard says the attack was in retaliation for the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani on Friday. Meanwhile, EU and NATO members are assessing what their reaction will be, and Germany has moved troops based in Iraq for their protection.

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