Kabul Under Attack


Afghan and coalition forces battled Taliban militants who launched a brazen assault against high-profile coalition targets in central Kabul Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN that they targeted “the U.S. Embassy, governmental organizations and other foreign organizations.”

“Our insurgents attacked in Kabul city,” Mujahid said as reports surfaced of violence in other parts of the city as well.

The strike occurred amid intelligence that insurgents might launch a high-profile attack in the capital around the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States, a coalition officer and a senior ISAF official confirmed to CNN.

Forgive me, but, for the moment, I’ll resist the Tet Offensive narrative. This is a significant incident but, right now, it’s looking like a small number of insurgents — ten or so — half of whom were suicide bombers. This is far below the level the Taliban can usually muster. Let’s hope the damage — physical and political — isn’t as bad as CNN is making it out to be.

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  1. Poosh

    I’ve always thought that with the “Obama” surge, shall we say, the Taliban have taken a lot of damage. The bulk of the media never report it, but under the radar on the military blogs and veteran blogs, there are reports indicating allied forces taking ground from the Taliban and Islamists, and killing them – a lot of them. I cannot imagine the Taliban are in that great shape right now. Many of them moving into Pakistan.

    That will change, once we leave of course.

    This series is great, yes, from the BBC, but it was actually aired on BBC3 and is freed from the usual BBC bullshit and anti-war propaganda: Our War. From the British prospective out there.

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