By Steve Dellar  |  01-29-2018   News
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Details are sketchy but it would seem the Taliban have launched an attack on the Kabul military academy a few hours ago where intermittent explosions and gunfire could be heard.

As security forces have blocked off all roads in the area there are no clear indications of casualties just yet. However, an attack on a target of this size, the Marshal Fahim military academy, would indicate that Taliban have now really turned the tide in the Afghanistan war and are trying to reclaim the Afghan capital Kabul.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gunfire and explosions heard near to Marshal Fahim military academy in PD5 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kabul?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Kabul</a> city. <a href="https://t.co/r7u8twIVWE">pic.twitter.com/r7u8twIVWE</a></p>&mdash; Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) <a href="https://twitter.com/pajhwok/status/957787227853123584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 January 2018</a></blockquote>

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The events come two days after the Islamic extremist terror group drove an ambulance into a crowd into the centre of Kabul and killed over a 100 people.

And the weekend before that the Taliban had launched another attack on the Intercontinental hotel where it specifically targeted foreigners and killed 22 people.

Both President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence have vowed to do their utmost to strike back and not let the Taliban win.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cowardly Taliban targeted innocent Afghans &amp; brave police in Kabul today. We, along with our international partners, are there to stop terrorists from exporting their evil terror to the U.S or our allies. Together with our Afghan partners, we will not allow the Taliban to win!</p>&mdash; Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VP/status/957385635068772360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">27 January 2018</a></blockquote>

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The US army meanwhile has restarted a bombing campaign in Helmand province to try and weaken the enemy as their trusted A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft returned to Afghanistan. The plane, known as the Warthog, was retired since 2014 from the area but given the recent insurgency the US military command decided to put it back into action. Its well-known 30mm cannon has been dealing punishing blows to Islamic extremist fighters in the mountains for years.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two sorties of A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft struck Taliban militants in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 24. It’s the first series of strikes by the aircraft since its return to Afghanistan. <a href="https://t.co/yTWV5XCq6k">https://t.co/yTWV5XCq6k</a> <a href="https://t.co/FLOkn6MPzR">pic.twitter.com/FLOkn6MPzR</a></p>&mdash; ArmyTimes (@ArmyTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArmyTimes/status/957727576365191168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 January 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast/blasts-heard-near-military-academy-in-afghan-capital-police-witness-idUSKBN1FI07M?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29

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