Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Afghanistan's Intercontinental Hotel Under Attack by Suicide Bombers

Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel is under attack as I write this by suicide bombers, and there are at least ten dead already.

There were apparently a total of six bombers who struck the hotel at different points as well as a number of gunmen who are still battling the police. The attack took place at dinnertime, and one of the spots hit was the hotel's restaurant whioch was reportedly full at the time.

There was a press conference scheduled there tomorrow to announce a handover of security duties from NATO to the Afghan army. The Taliban's response to that and to President Obama's withdrawal announcement was to hit a large, prominent target in Karzai's stronghold to show that they're far from defeated and that any settlement will be on their terms.

Make no mistake - this is a message from the Taliban to both NATO and President Obama.

More as it comes in.

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