Taliban Attacks US Embassy in Kabul

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Afghanistan's security personnel run as they point their gun towards the building from where Taliban fighters attacked in Kabul on September 13, 2011. (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

After 20 hours of fighting, Afghan forces killed the last insurgents who carried out a complex attack against the U.S. embassy, NATO headquarters, and police buildings in Kabul that started Tuesday. Seven people, including four policemen, died, and nine insurgents were killed. The Taliban initially took credit for the attack, though an insurgent group called the Haqqani network is believed to be responsible. The attack comes as the U.S. has begun to withdraw troops from the region. The attack still left many terrified, and wondering whether the Afghan government will be able to secure their stronghold within the capital city.

Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, talks about the ability of Afghan forces without the support of U.S. and other foreign troops. Bilal Sawary of the BBC reports on the latest from the ground in Kabul.

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