Editor’s Note: “One of the most significant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few years” and the Taliban takes responsibility for attacking one of the symbols of the West in Afghanistan: the Intercontinental Hotel Kabul. And this follows Obama’s recent announcement of a troop withdrawal to hand over duties to Afghan forces in a couple of weeks due to “the tide of war receding.” However, the withdrawal was announced with “some flexibility” on the timeline. Let’s see how that progresses.
Afghan commandos and international forces tonight regained control of a landmark hotel in Kabul four hours after it was stormed by insurgent gunmen and suicide bombers in one of the most significant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few years.
Afghan Interior Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi said six attackers were dead, but it was possible there might still be another hiding in the hotel, where Afghan officials had gathered for a conference.
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel entrance and at least four explosions were heard during the gun battle between the insurgents and police and international forces.
The battle ended after troops in NATO helicopters circling over the hotel fired rockets that killed three of the insurgents on the roof.