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.