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10 members of Daesh and 5 members of Taliban captured by Afghan authorities. Photo: Zabihullah Ghazi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul on Wednesday morning, Al Jazeera reported — the latest in a string of attacks in Afghanistan and part of an apparent shift in tactics.

Why it matters: Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center told Axios that ISIS knows "it won’t be hit by American and Afghan airpower" in Kabul: "The sobering reality is that Kabul could become even more vulnerable to ISIS attacks as the group is uprooted from its bastion."

Recent attacks in Afghanistan
  • On Wednesday, ISIS reportedly set off three blasts in the capital: One near a police station in Dasht-e-Barchi district, and two in central Shar-e-Naw district, per Al Jazeera.
  • On Sunday, 14 people were killed and dozens wounded after a bombing during afternoon prayers in an eastern Afghanistan mosque, NPR reported. It wasn't claimed, but ISIS is "suspected," along with the Taliban.
  • In late April, ISIS claimed two Kabul suicide bombings that left at least 25 dead, per the Guardian, including journalists and rescue workers.
  • A week prior, dozens were killed at a voter registration center in Kabul after a suicide bombing claimed by ISIS.

Go deeper: ISIS turns toward "near enemy."

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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