News Wrap: U.S., British forces leave Afghan military base after 13 years

In our news wrap Monday, American and British troops were airlifted from a major military base in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, closing the facility after 13 years of use. Also, a suicide bombing in central Iraq killed at least 24 people, a day after government troops and Shiite militias recaptured a key town from the Islamic State.

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    In other news, Friday's high school shooting near Seattle, Washington, has claimed a third life; 14-year-old Gia Soriano died Sunday night. Two other students remained in critical condition. Police said the gunman, Jaylen Fryberg, invited them to sit together for lunch, and then shot them before, killing himself.

    Today, an impromptu memorial of flowers and other offerings expanded along a chain-link fence at the school. Classes were canceled for the day.

    In Iraq, government troops and allied Shiite militias were hit by a suicide car bombing a day after recapturing a key town. The bombing killed at least 24 people in Jurf Al Sakhar, just 30 miles south of Baghdad. Islamic State forces had seized the town in July, but were driven out yesterday.

    The last U.S. and British forces were airlifted from a major base in Southern Afghanistan today after a 13-year presence. The massive facility in Helmand Province was officially closed Sunday. Foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by year's end, but roughly 9,800 Americans will stay on to train Afghan units.

    In Central Yemen, more than 250 people have died in three days of heavy fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribes who are allied with al-Qaida. The battle around Rada'a began last week when the Shiites entered the town after government troops abandoned their posts.

    Financial markets in Brazil tumbled today after leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won reelection. She took 51 percent of the vote in a runoff against a pro-business challenger. Last night, Rousseff celebrated in Brasilia with supporters who waved flags and chanted her name. She acknowledged that half the electorate voted against her.

  • PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF, Brazil (through interpreter):

    A reelection vote is a vote of hope, especially for improving the actions of those who have been governing. That is what I have heard from the voting booths. That is why I want to be a much better president than I have been up until now.


    Brazil has been beset by a sluggish economy and poor public services during Rousseff's first term.

    A major secular party in Tunisia claimed victory over Islamists today in a historic vote. Sunday's election will produce the North African nation's first five-year parliament since the 2011 Arab spring revolt. The votes were still being counted, but the secular Tunis Calls party said it had won the most seats.

    Wall Street struggled to make headway as falling oil prices hurt energy stocks and worries about Europe's economy lingered. The Dow Jones industrial average gained just 12 points to close near 16,818; the Nasdaq rose two points to close near 4,486; while the S&P 500 slipped three to finish at 1,961.

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