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Afghan soldier wounds 3 US troops...Iraqi forces battle near symbolic Mosul mosque...Wildfire forces evacuations near Boulder

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier has opened fire inside a base in southern Afghanistan, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. An Afghan army spokesman says the soldier had made a "mistake" and had not fired deliberately. Several U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan in recent years in attacks carried out by Afghan police or soldiers.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces have pushed into the area around a highly symbolic mosque in western Mosul where the Islamic State group's leader made his first and only public appearance. Black smoke billowed from the area around al-Nuri mosque, also known as the Great Mosque, as helicopters hovered overhead and fired into the militants' positions. The Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivered a sermon at the mosque in July 2014 after the extremist group seized almost a third of Iraq.

PARIS (AP) — The father of a suspected Islamic extremist who was killed by French soldiers at a Paris airport yesterday says his son "was never a terrorist." He told French radio Europe 1 that his son wasn't a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol. An autopsy is being done to determine whether the 39-year-old Frenchman was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier hostage at Orly Airport and grabbed her assault rifle before being shot dead.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a small wildfire burning in the mountains just outside the Colorado city of Boulder has forced people from their homes and is filling the sky with smoke. Wind is pushing the flames just a couple of miles from the downtown area. There are no reports of injuries or buildings destroyed. Officials say if the fire keeps spreading, more evacuations are possible.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is staging its annual St. Patrick's Day parade today and gay veterans will be marching. The South Boston Allied War Council had banned the OutVets from marching, saying the group failed to comply with guidelines by carrying the rainbow banner last year. But the council later reversed course. OutVets was first allowed to participate in the parade in 2015 after decades of resistance that had kept gays out.

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