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Smoke rises from a government building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, after suicide bombers attacked the complex. Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

ISIS claimed responsibility for dual attacks that killed at least 12 people and wounded 42 near two government buildings in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Sunday, Al Jazeera reports. And The New York Times reports that Taliban fighters have killed more than 100 soldiers and police officers in the past week alone.

The backdrop: Since the U.S. and NATO concluded their military operations in the country in 2014 to assume a broader counterterrorism role, Afghanistan's security forces have been struggling to combat Taliban and ISIS insurgents. The Taliban have reportedly seized control of dozens of towns across the country, and ISIS has refocused its efforts on the country in recent months.

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Trump's assault on Chinese tech left loose ends galore

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's haphazard war on Chinese tech has left the Biden administration with a raft of unfinished business involving efforts to restrict Chinese firms and products in U.S. markets.

Why it matters: The Chinese and American tech industries are joined at the hip in many ways, and that interdependence has shaped decades of prosperity. But now security concerns and economic rivalries are wrenching them apart.

Biden's thin, short path

President Biden has a thin, short path to success in his first six to nine months, top advisers tell Axios. His success, or failure, will dictate whether he can hold off both Republican critics — and activist Democrats who want him to go bigger, faster.

The big picture: Biden has to get vaccinations moving and the stimulus bill pumping, so the economy will start rocking, advisers said. That’s why he loaded his White House with veteran loyalists focused almost exclusively on these two topics.

Most states aren't prioritizing prisons for COVID vaccines

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Most states have not made much of their incarcerated populations eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The big picture: Jails and prisons have seen big outbreaks and a higher death rate than the general public, but with supplies still limited, most governors aren't putting prisoners at the top of the list for vaccines.

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