WASHINGTON — Three American service members were wounded Sunday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a base in the country’s southern Helmand province, U.S. officials said.
Capt. William Salvin, a U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan, said security forces on the base killed the attacker.
The attack happened around 1:30 p.m. local time at Camp Antonik in Washer District in Helmand.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting involved a Taliban sympathizer, a personal dispute, a cultural misunderstanding or something else.
Since 2008, there have been 94 “insider” attacks in Afghanistan, with at least 150 foreign soldiers killed and 187 wounded, according to the Long War Journal blog.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The coincidences are piling up.
Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev last week disavowed any contact with President Donald Trump.
But speculation again was stoked when his state-of-the-art yacht Anna sat anchored in the British Virgin Islands on Friday night and another equally resplendent luxury liner, the Sea Owl, sidled up, according to a website that tracks the movement of yachts.
The owner of the dark-hulled yacht? Mr. Trump’s biggest financial supporter and Breitbart News moneyman, Robert Mercer.
Reported Israeli strike
TEL AVIV, Israel — An Israeli aircraft reportedly launched a strike into Syria on Sunday that left one person dead, in what appeared to be the second cross-border attack in three days as tensions between the neighbors escalated over the weekend.
The Israeli attack was reported by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said that the strike targeted a car traveling on a road between Damascus and Quneitra, a town in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel. An Israeli army spokesman declined to comment on the report.
The Lebanese news service Al Mayadeen said the attack killed Yasser Hussein Asayeed, whom it described as a member of a militia aligned with the Syrian government. It said he was based in Golan.
Venezuela blames bakers
BOGOTA, Colombia — Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments.
In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country.
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