Kabul’s Fall Imminent? Taliban Attack In Force As Karzai’s ‘Negotiate’ Offer Rejected

January 18, 2010

DAWN, Pakistan

KABUL: The Taliban launched a wave of gun and bomb attacks on Kabul on Monday, with at least 13 people injured as fierce fighting erupted in the heart of the Afghan capital.

Latest reports stated that four of the suicide bombers have died. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and another two died in clashes, an interior ministry spokesman said.The two attackers killed by security forces had holed themselves up in a building in central Kabul, Zemarai Bashary said.

“We can confirm that four suicide bombers have been killed,” he told Al Jazeera television. He said some militants were still inside the Ariana Cinema, shooting at security forces who had surrounded the building.

“We suspect there are more bombers in the cinema building,” he said.Al Jazeera television reported that the Serena Hotel, Kabul’s only five-star hotel, is also on fire.

A series of explosions rocked Kabul, with smoke billowing out of at least two shopping centres, and intense gun battles raged between militants and Afghan security forces as police and military snipers patrolled rooftops.

“It is our work, the targets are the (presidential) palace, the finance, justice and mines ministries, and the central bank,” a purported Taliban spokesman told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“Twenty of our suicide bombers have entered the area and fighting is ongoing,” the spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, adding that one militant had detonated a suicide vest at the entrance to the presidential palace complex.

Insurgents stormed a five-storey shopping mall and were exchanging gunfire with security forces surrounding the building, witnesses said, while local television showed a second shopping centre spewing smoke.

Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Afghan security forces had secured roads in central Kabul as Taliban militants took over buildings in the political and commercial heart of the city.

“Initial reports are they have killed at least two armed insurgents at the shopping centre after clearing the building,” the ISAF statement said.

Army and police snipers took positions on buildings around Pashtunistan Square in the centre of the capital after the attacks, which appeared to be well-coordinated and involve a large number of gunmen.

“I heard the blast then we started running, but we happened to be running towards the explosions,” said witness Bahram Sarwary.

“I saw smoke coming from a building near the central bank and the presidential palace and I saw at least one person injured,” he said.

Afghanistan’s health ministry said 13 people had been wounded.

“Most of them are civilians but they also include security personnel,”ministry spokesman Ahmad Farid Rahid said.

The central business district of the Afghan capital is the nexus of political, business and diplomatic life.

Television stations showed the Qari Sami shopping mall in the centre of city – believed to have been taken over by the militants – burning and billowing smoke.

A second shopping mall, the Gulbahar Centre, about one kilometre (half a mile) away was also shown spewing smoke. Security personnel were heard saying that another explosion had taken place there.

The bomber detonated the explosive outside the Gulbahar mall, located near the foreign ministry, after security forces fired on him, the source said.

“It killed several police and intelligence people,” said an official source, who asked not to be named.

Gunfire continued to ring out over the city – where the streets were deserted but for the heavy presence of police and army, television picture showed and witnesses said.

Sporadic explosions, possibly of rocket-propelled grenades, could be heard as armoured vehicles moved into position outside major government ministries and the presidential palace, while a huge explosion was heard mid-morning.

The attacks came a day after the government said President Hamid Karzai was to announce a new plan aimed at forging peace with the Taliban and other militants fighting to topple his administration.

Karzai has long called for peace talks with the Taliban – even offering government posts to its leaders – but the militia has refused dialogue until the withdrawal of international troops on which Kabul relies for security.

Rockets were also fired into the heavily fortified diplomatic area of Wazir Akbar Khan on Saturday night, coinciding with visits by the US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.



  1. I wonder wot would b india’s future in afghanistan if taliban are back in power and Pakistan fo dat matter. I doubt they b as friendly with us as they were b4

    • India and Karzai Govt Are B********

      But Afgan Taliban treat women very badly and give islam bad name…. ??

      • the last time they treated a women badly she turned to Islam.


        British-born, award-winning journalist Yvonne Ridley is well known in the Muslim world for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. She endeared herself to the Muslim community in Britain when she reverted to Islam 30 months after making international headlines when she was captured by the Taleban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan. She was a senior reporter of the Sunday Express at the time, having spent nearly 10 years in Fleet Street working for several prestige titles including The Sunday Times, The Observer, Daily Mirror and Independent on Sunday

    • interesting video showing Allama Iqbals contribution to Islam in America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPuEt3xX5Cs&feature=related

      • http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2825419/13-year-old-rapist-is-jailed.html

        Spirituality is individualistic. By giving it a name in itself need not be for any other purpose but convenience in expression. When it becomes a religion then mostly it is armed legion for rape, plunder and killings. Wonder why Islam creates the most number of criminals per capita in the world, be it in India, America, England, Norway or Swedon.

        This 13 year old thief and rapist probably was the progeny of enslaved, raped and converted Punjabi Indian woman who India failed to protect because of the influence of wrongly interpreted Ahimsa ie non-violence of Buddha and Mahavir Jaina. I blame my own ancestors for that.

        Iqbal’s grand father Mr. Sapru, a Kashmiri Bramhin was serving a small time Nawab. He was embezzeled state funds and was caught red handed. For reduced or no punishment Nawab asked him to convert. And he did. This is the genesis of many of our leaders and elite. Utterly corrupt who did bidding of aliens to subjugate the natives. That is why you see zardaris, gilanis and jernails of pak army have their wealth outside pakistan.

        India was fortunate to have gandhi who did not have a bank account, nehru need not have. Vallabh Bhai Patel, Rjajaji, Shastri, Subhsh chandra Bose and innumerable others left nothing for their progeny besides their reputation and good deeds.

        Why? Because these folks were rooted in the culture of the soil. They did not hate its history, its heroes such as local Guru Givind Singh Ji, Chatrapati Shivaji and Rana Pratap, its culture, its language and its spirituality.

  2. Kuch nahin.Bus India kay dimagh theek ho jaen gay(sorry for this spelling)aur auqaat maloom hojaegi.

  3. They are more friendly now.

  4. We may notice also that today ,18 jan , RAW chief also visited Kabul in a rush. Must be on SOS call. Indain RAW, I suppose miscalculated the complete game and now have to face the music.

  5. Only 20 Taliban fighters created havoc in the so-called strong hold of the Karzai HQ.

    20 taliban attacking the karzai HQ in broad daylight gives a very powerful message to the americans, indians & NATO.

    The last month’s attack of talibans on a CIA base killing CIA officials and this attack is indicative of what’s coming up in the near future.

    85% of Afghanistan presently is completely under taliban control, and it seems the remaining 15% is obviously not far from their hands.

    The taliban government will be more wiser this time they come in power, but they will come back very strong on the indians, who are presently enjoying the US shelter there.

  6. @ all the Pakis in the blog,

    Keep dreaming ….Taliban or no Taliban, you Pakistanis will starve to death in the days ahead, and there will be no America, China or the Saudis to help you … !

    • @neel
      Just a reality check … Do you know about 70% of India’s population is living below the poverty line! 1 in every 2 people live in slums in Mumbai, WB has said poor in India are increasing! Since 1997… 200 000 farmers have committed suicide and many sold off there wives to make a few bucks to survive! Try to save ur people from starving to death!

      Ohh and BTW instead of worrying about us, think about urself… The area along Line of Actual Control with China has “shrunk” over a period of time and India has lost “substantial” amount of land in the last two decades, says an official report.

    • @neeli23

      Im sure you know the meaning of the word “hindu”

      Its derived from the word “Hind” meaning;
      hind 1 (hnd) adj.
      Located at or forming the back or rear; posterior:

      Which in other words is ; ASS-HOLE (adj.)

      So this is what you are, so keep limited to your actual place and dont crawl out of it…

  7. Lol Neel I agree wid you atleast on one point mate we Pakistani’s are dreamers I mean it was a dream dat led to creation of Pakistan lol…. and btw don’t you think its bout time u woke up urself lol

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