ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attack

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Afghan soldiers stand guard outside the Marshal Faheem Military academy, after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 January 2018.

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attack


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ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack near one of Afghanistan’s main military academies in the capital, Kabul on Monday.

At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed and another 16 were wounded, according to reports from the scene. The military academy had been the targets of an earlier October 21 attack that was claimed by the Taliban and killed at least 15 cadets as they were leaving the facility.

Monday’s attack was the fourth major deadly incident in the last week.

On January 27, a suicide bomber packed a fake ambulance with explosives before driving it into a hospital located in central Kabul. At least 103 people were killed and 235 wounded. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, was one of the deadliest in the war-torn country’s history.

Taliban fighters stormed Kabul’s luxury Intercontinental Hotel on January 22 and engaged in a 14-hour firefight that killed 22 people. That attack was preceded just days later by an assault by members of ISIS on the Jalalabad office of British charity Save the Children. The ISIS militants killed at least four people in the attack and forced the organisation to suspended its operations in Afghanistan.

The relentless rounds of increasingly deadly attacks underscore a growing frustration with the West’s mission in Afghanistan. After more than 16 years of fighting by a U.S.-led coalition and Afghan security forces, the Taliban and other terrorist groups are again growing stronger.

Following Saturday’s attack, US President Donald Trump called for “decisive action” by all countries against the militants.

“This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners,” said Trump.

Afghan government forces have struggled to fight the Taliban and other militant groups since US and NATO troops formally ended their combat mission in 2014.

Trump has committed to stepping up the US military’s engagement in Afghanistan, pledging thousands more U.S. troops without setting deadlines.

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