Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gunfire and Explosions Rocked the Kabul, Taliban attacks US Embassy NATO HQ

Taliban gunmen with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launched a coordinated attack Tuesday on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
At least 12 killed, 15 injured in Kabul attacks. Gunfire and explosions rocked the heart of the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.Any simultaneous attacks that succeeded in hitting Nato headquarters, the US embassy and Afghan intelligence would be the Taliban’s most ambitious commando-style operation yet in their fight to evict the Kabul government and defeat Western troops. In any case, the attacks
underscored plummeting security in Kabul, where insurgents have staged increasingly brazen commando-style raids on Western targets in recent years, most recently on the British Council last month. The surge of violence was a stark reminder of the instability that continues to plague Afghanistan nearly a decade after the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States. Police said the gunmen were firing from a tall office building that is under construction at Kabul's Abdul Haq square, which is about 300 yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy. The American Embassy is on the edge of the Wazir Akbar Khan area, and gunfire and explosions rocked the area, which is home to a number of other foreign missions.

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