If it’s spring in Afghanistan, it’s time for a Taliban offensive.
Pres. Karzai couldn’t wait to blame NATO. From the UK Telegraph:
The Afghan president praised his own forces after they killed the final resisting members of insurgent suicide teams, but ordered an investigation into how the militants had been able to penetrate the city.
He spoke as Afghan intelligence officials said the string of coordinated assaults across eastern Afghanistan was carried out by the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network.
Mr Karzai said: “The terrorists’ infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for Nato and should be seriously investigated.”
After seventeen hours of fighting, it ended.
Those in the tower were the last holdouts of a multifaceted attack which saw fighting in up to seven sites in Kabul and in three cities in eastern Afghanistan.
Witnesses described Afghan commandos clearing the tower floor-by-floor overnight to dislodge the militants who had seized it as a base to launch rocket and machine gun attacks into nearby diplomatic missions, including the British embassy.
Despite Nato claims that Afghan forces had dealt with the attacks on their own, witnesses said British and Norwegian special forces troops had been with the commandos and had fired heavy weapons into the tower. The Ministry of Defence in London declined to comment.