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txradioguy
06-29-2011, 02:27 AM
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Suicide attackers stormed a popular Western-style hotel in Afghanistan on Tuesday, setting off explosions and exchanging gunfire with Afghan authorities for hours until NATO helicopters took out three of the remaining gunmen.

Guests at the Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul hid in their rooms during the attack, which killed 10 Afghan civilians -- mostly hotel workers -- and wounded 8, according to Afghan officials. The six suicide bombers and four gunmen involved in the raid were killed.

Afghan police battled the assailants throughout the night with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades as tracer rounds went up over the blacked-out building.

"Afghan forces handled this operation," an ISAF official told Fox News. "The Afghans did well, supported by Afghan snipers on a NATO helo [helicopter]."

Two NATO helicopters later flew over the roof of the hotel and killed three of the attackers. At least one rocket was fired from the helicopters. A senior U.S. military official told Fox News that U.S. forces were called in to assist.

Multiple explosions were heard in the initial attacks, where two bodies could be seen at the hotel's entrance.

Associated Press reporters at the scene said another two blasts -- about a minute apart -- occurred around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The police then secured the area around the hotel, which is one of Kabul's most heavily guarded.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/06/29/death-toll-in-brazen-afghan-hotel-raid-rises-to-10/

Odysseus
06-29-2011, 02:54 PM
B-b-b-but, don't they know that Obama has declared victory (well, not victory, but "responsible" departure or something equally non-kinetic) and that we're leaving? This kind of thing was supposed to not be happening while Obama was in charge. He apologized to Islam for America and everything! :rolleyes:

Molon Labe
06-29-2011, 04:34 PM
B-b-b-but, don't they know that Obama has declared victory (well, not victory, but "responsible" departure or something equally non-kinetic) and that we're leaving? This kind of thing was supposed to not be happening while Obama was in charge. He apologized to Islam for America and everything! :rolleyes:

You know as well as I that the Afghani army is pretty poor. They don't have near the will to win. The majority of the time when the American military forces try to hand over these security missions to Afghani nationals we end up having to hold their hands. Then the adversary is emboldened with attacks like today. Until they take control with more will than their adversary, this will continue.

txradioguy
06-29-2011, 05:46 PM
B-b-b-but, don't they know that Obama has declared victory (well, not victory, but "responsible" departure or something equally non-kinetic) and that we're leaving? This kind of thing was supposed to not be happening while Obama was in charge. He apologized to Islam for America and everything! :rolleyes:

I honestly don't think he cares as long as the troops are heading home prior to November of next year. Political strategy is taking precedence over tactical/military strategy.