[Marxism] More 9/11 commemorations

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Sep 13 06:45:26 MDT 2011


http://latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-adv-kabul-embassy-attack-20110913,0,5279636.story

U.S. Embassy in Kabul attacked; Taliban claims responsibility
Insurgents stage a brazen attack in the heart of the Afghan 
capital on Tuesday, firing rockets apparently aimed at the U.S. 
Embassy or the nearby headquarters of the NATO force.

By Laura King
5:13 AM PDT, September 13, 2011

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan
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Insurgents staged a brazen attack in the heart of the Afghan 
capital on Tuesday, firing rockets apparently aimed at the U.S. 
Embassy or the nearby headquarters of the NATO force.

Heavy explosions echoed near a central square, as terrified 
Afghans fled the sound of fighting. "Again, again!" said an 
elderly shopkeeper as he hastily rolled down the metal shutter 
protecting his carpet store and prepared to flee.

Insurgents appeared to have seized a tall building under 
construction as a staging ground for the attack with rockets and 
automatic weapons -- a tactic used previously in similar strikes 
elsewhere in the country. The targeted area is dense with 
diplomatic compounds and other foreign installations.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying:

"Several Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate equipped with small and 
heavy weapons and are targeting foreign bases and intelligence 
centers in a heavily secured area of Kabul. The main targets are 
US embassy, NDS facilities, NATO HQ and Mujahideen inflicted heavy 
casualty to the foreigners."

The attack started at 1:15 p.m. Afghan time and is still ongoing.

The strike, which came two days after U.S commemorations of the 
10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, appeared to 
center on the heavily fortified "green zone" where the U.S. 
Embassy and the headquarters of NATO's International Security 
Assistance force are housed.

Earlier, traffic in the capital had been paralyzed by a relatively 
benign event: Afghan President Hamid Karzai visiting a local 
school. The stringent precautions, however, were an indicator of 
how dangerous it is for the Afghan leader to venture even a mile 
or two from his heavily fortified palace.

In Brussels, NATO vowed that the attack would not deter Western 
forces from an orderly handover of security responsibilities to 
Afghan forces as the West winds down its combat mission in 
Afghanistan -- a process known as "transition."

"Transition is on track, and it will continue," NATO 
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.

Laura.King at latimes.com

Special correspondent Aimal Yaqubi contributed to this report.




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