“Peace Process” in full swing:Â
Taliban ‘spring offensive’ rocks Afghanistan (Al Jizz)
Western embassies and parliament attacked in Kabul as fighting continues in biggest attack on capital since 2001.
Expect the enemedia to file this story under Obama’s “peace process” with his “peace” partners. The media fiddles while Obama’s foreign policy emboldens and strengthens our enemies, and fails those fighting for freedom, leading to a spread of evil not seen since the second world war.
If America makes the ungodly mistake of re-electing the most dangerous president in American history, it will be a moral failure of epic proportion. Unimaginable. Â (Pamela Geller)
I guess all we need is more understanding, dialogue and diversity.
Because they can. Because we let them: Â “Taliban attack Pakistan prison, free 380 prisoners,” by Ishtiaq Mahsud for theÂ Associated Press, April 15
Shrillary missing sniper fire, once again….
“We are strong and we can attack anywhere we want.”–ReadÂ MoreÂ Â»
Suicide bombers have struck across Afghanistan in co-ordinated attacks, with explosions and gunfire rocking the diplomatic areaÂ of KabulÂ asÂ Taliban fightersÂ took over buildings and tried to enter parliament.
A joint operation by Afghan and international forces to displace the attackers from the buildings they had occupied continued into Monday morning, with Kabul residents reporting that the sound of machine guns and heavy weapons could be heard through the night.
Outside the capital on Sunday, attackers also targeted government buildings in Logar province, the airport in Jalalabad, and a police facility in the town of Gardez in Paktya province.
A TalibanÂ spokesman said the violenceÂ marked the start of their annual spring offensive which heralds the fighting season, adding that “a lot of suicide bombers” were involved.
TheÂ attacks areÂ among theÂ most serious on the capital since US-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Kabul, said gun battles were still raging in parts of the capital.
“There are still three ongoing incidents in Kabul. We understand there is an occupiedÂ building very close to the Kabul Star hotel where we were trapped earlier. [Authorities]Â suspect there are fiveÂ Taliban fighters holded up in that building. There is another incident going on across the street from parliamentÂ buidling,” Smith said.
A spokesman forÂ International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)Â said there were as yet no reports of casualties in the attacks in Kabul, and the US embassy said in a statement all its staff were accounted for and safe.
The Taliban said the main targets were the German and British embassies, and the headquarters of Afghanistan’s NATO-led force.
Several Afghan members of parliament joined security forces repelling attackers from a roof near the parliament.
Afghan police also arrested 15 would-be suicide bombers in northern Afghanistan who were trying to launch attacks in Kunduz province. There were reports ofÂ the arrest of suicide bombers in other areas.
Al Jazeera’s Smith said the damage and death toll fromÂ Sunday’s violence was still being determined.
“This is the biggest attack there has been in Kabul since the Taliban were overthrown in 2001. We have been told that 19 suicide bombers have blown themselves up or been killed and another 17 have been arrested,” Smith said.
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The co-ordinated attacks are bound to intensify concern in the run-up to the planned withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
The assault appeared to repeat the tactics of an attack in Kabul last September whenÂ fighters entered construction sites in several places to use them as positions for rocket and gun attacks.
Taliban spokesman Mujahid said it had been easy to bring fighters into the capital, and that they had had inside help to move heavy weapons into place.
Afghan security forces, who are responsible for the safety of the capital, were scrambling to reinforce areas around the so-called “Green Zone”Â diplomatic section of the city centre.
Attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade that landed just outside the front gate of a house used by British diplomats in the city centre and smoke billowed from the area after the blast, a witness told the Reuters news agency.
Two rockets hit a British embassy guard tower near the Reuters office in the city,Â with embassy sources saying staff were in a lock-down.
Fighting was going on at some NATOÂ facilities, ISAF said via Twitter.
A US defence official who declined to be identified said the attackers were using mostly small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and “perhaps even suicide bombers”.
Three rockets hit a supermarket that is popular with foreigners near the German embassy, witnesses said.
Smoke rose from the vicinity of the embassy while women scurried for cover as gunfire crackled.
As the shooting went on, US army convoys could be seen coming to the area accompanied by Afghan police in flak jackets.
Staff at the embassies were not available for comment.
Attackers also fired rockets at the parliament building in the west of Kabul, and at the Russian embassy, a spokesman
for the parliament said.
Most MPs had left the building before it came under attack, said a politician. However, one of several who fought back from a roof, Naeem Hameedzai, told Reuters: “I’m the representative of my people and I have to defend them.”
Afghan media said Taliban fighters had stormed the Star Hotel complex near the presidential palace and the Iranian embassy.
Windows of the hotel were blown out and smoke billowed from the building.
In the eastern province of Paktia, NATO helicopter gunships attacked Taliban fightersÂ holed up in a building next to a construction site while in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
AÂ Reuters witness said that Taliban attacked a foreign force base near a school in the city.
One TalibanÂ fighter was killed, another blew himself up and a third was captured. A blast also went off near the airport Â in Jalalabad, a witness said.
How much did they pay you, Johnny?
Johnny Carson gives“Baghdad Bob”Â a run for his money.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said Monday that “religion is not driving extremist violence” in Nigeriaâ€“just one day after a Christian church conducting an Easter service was targeted by a car bombing that left 39 dead. Â “Nothing to do with Islam” Johnny by Creeping
Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee expressed serious concerns that the U.S.-Afghanistan dealÂ giving Afghans authority over night raids could put Americans at greater risk and undercut intelligence gathering critical in the long war….
You don’t say!