Monday, January 14, 2008

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Taleban attack Kabul luxury hotel

Four heavily armed Taleban fighters have attacked the Serena hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the main hotel there for international visitors.
Guests, including the Norwegian foreign minister, were rushed to the cellar to escape the attackers.
There was at least one explosion, which the Taleban say was caused by one of their men detonating a "suicide jacket", as well as shooting.
Casualty figures are not clear. Police have kept journalists from the scene.

Deteriorating security
Many international workers are based at the Serena.
In December the Taleban carried out two suicide bombings in Kabul, killing 13 people in one attack.
Later in December, a rocket attack near the Kabul governor's residence killed five people.
Security in much of Afghanistan has deteriorated in the past two years as the Taleban have renewed their attacks on Afghan security forces and Western troops.
They now have significant influence across the countryside in most of Afghanistan.
US-led forces toppled the Taleban in late 2001. However many Afghans complain that since then President Hamid Karzai's government has failed to bring about economic improvements and that corruption is as big a problem as ever.

Just like another middle eastern country, little George Bush playing cowboy charged in, defeated the bad guys then called it done.

Then went looking for the next war. Basically Afghanistan is going to go back to the Taleban and anything good that was done for Afghanistan will have been for nothing.

1 Comment:

  1. Mary Ellen said...
    Yeah, I feel so much safer now that George has been running the country. Of course, we have our own Taliban to worry about in the U.S. We have Mike Huckabee.

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