Important Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends

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  1. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

    22 June 2012 Last updated at 12:50 GMT[h=1]Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends[/h]Afghan security forces have ended a 12-hour attack by Taliban militants on a hotel outside Kabul, in which at least 20 people died, officials say.
    Insurgents attacked the Spozhmai Hotel in the Lake Qargha area on Thursday night, taking many hostages.
    Kabul's police chief said 15 civilians, including hotel guests, died. All five insurgents were killed.
    The Taliban claimed the attack, saying the hotel was used by wealthy Afghans and foreigners for "wild parties".
    Lake Qargha is on the outskirts of Kabul and is favoured by residents of the Afghan capital for day trips and family outings.
    The BBC's Quentin Sommerville, in Kabul, says this was an easy target for the Taliban, in a fairly remote area, with little security.
    Foreigners rarely visit the lake, our correspondent says.
    In addition to the five militants, those killed included civilians, hotel guards and a police officer.
    Dozens of people were taken hostage.
    AFP news agency photographer Massoud Hossaini, who went into the hotel after the siege ended, told the BBC: "All the walls have been torn apart with bullets; all the furniture and all the things that were there like carpets are torn and damaged.
    "I saw the bodies of some fighters and their bodies were in bits and pieces. There are a lot of bullets casings here, lots of them."
    The gunmen, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, launched the attack on the hotel late on Thursday, officials say.
    Gen John Allen, of the Nato-led International Security and Assistance Force, said the "unspeakably brutal attack" bore the "signature" of the Haqqani group.
    "There is no doubt that innocent Afghan civilians were the intended targets," he said in a statement.
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    Maihan Saeedi, who left the area shortly before the attack began, told the BBC the hotel was full of civilians, including women and children.
    The area was busy because it was Thursday night, the start of the Afghan weekend.
    "When we left the hotel, we heard gunfire as we reached one of the [three security] checkpoints near the hotel," he said.
    "I'm completely shocked at how people managed to cross these checkpoints - it really raises questions over the levels of security, which is all commercialised."
    He said one of his friends inside the hotel told him by phone that people were trying to escape by jumping out through the windows and into the lake.
    "It just shows that the Taliban are there to kill civilians," Mr Saeedi said.
    The Taliban attacked the hotel because foreigners there were drinking alcohol and participating in other activities banned by Islam, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the Associated Press.
    The security operation was led by Afghan security forces, with support from the US-led coalition.
    In recent months, the Afghan army and police have taken the lead in battling some of the most challenging insurgent attacks, winning praise and a measure of support from the Afghan population.
    Violence has recently increased across the country, with at least three US soldiers and about 20 Afghans killed in a series of attacks over the past seven days.
    The attacks come as Nato gradually hands responsibility for security to Afghan forces, ahead of the departure of combat troops in 2014.

    BBC News - Afghan Taliban attack on hotel near Kabul ends
     
  2. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

    Taliban insurgents attack popular Kabul hotel; at least 15 killed

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    KABUL— Qargha Lake is a scenic oasis of calm in Afghanistan’s dusty, traffic-choked capital. Weekenders putter around on paddleboats and dine in shoreside restaurants under a ring of mountain peaks.

    On Thursday night, a team of Taliban suicide bombers broke the reverie, storming one of the lakeside hotels while dozens of guests relaxed inside and setting off an hours-long hostage crisis and gun battle with Afghan troops.

    The surprise attack, the first in Kabul in many weeks, turned the Spozhmai Hotel into a scene of chaos.

    The attack killed at least 15 people, including one police officer and three security guards, according to Kabul police chief Ayoub Salangi. Seven of the attackers also died in the violence, he said.

    At least one man apparently drowned while trying to swim to safety, according to Afghan police and intelligence officials.

    The attack, which follows closely on several Taliban assaults in other cities, suggested that insurgent groups are attempting to intensify their annual summer offensive.

    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, said the attack bore the signature of the Haqqani network, a Taliban-allied insurgent group based in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The Haqqani group, which U.S. officials believe has links to Pakistan’s intelligence service, has organized many of the most dramatic and deadly assaults in Kabul. Its ruthlessness and effectiveness has made it one of the most important enemies of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

    “There is no doubt that innocent Afghan civilians were the intended targets of this unspeakably brutal attack,” Allen said in a statement.

    One Spozhmai guest, Sharif Aloko, said he and 11 friends were sitting on the patio eating dinner when the gunmen arrived, wearing police uniforms and strapped with explosives. Three of the assailants stood guard outside. Another shot a father and a daughter while Aloko and his friends watched in horror, and the family members pleaded, “Please don’t kill us.”

    A gunman then killed another guest, grabbed his cellphone and made a call, Aloko recalled in an interview. “He said, ‘Hafiz, I am here. Pray for me to succeed. So far the security forces have not arrived.’ ” After ending the call, Aloko said, the attacker shouted at his men to preserve their bullets.

    Another guest at the hotel, Basir Agha, said he’d come to the restaurant with a group of friends, as it is “the only place we can enjoy ourselves and find some entertainment.” He estimated that there were dozens of guests in the restaurant when the attackers burst in, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosive vests. They killed the proprietor’s brother to mark the start of the siege.

    “They were just shooting everywhere,” Agha said by cellphone from inside the hotel Friday morning, as police were still attempting to rescue the hostages. Over the course of the morning, bursts of gunfire and grenade explosions could be heard emanating from the area near the hotel. Afghan police and NATO armored trucks had blocked off access to the lake. The Norwegian special forces, which act as a quick-reaction force for incidents in Kabul, were also on the scene.

    “There has been serious fighting going on all night. I couldn’t sleep at all,” said Asadullah Shinwari, a 24-year-old kebab vendor who lives near the lake. A few guests jumped out of windows to escape the fighting, according to witnesses.

    The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. It said in a statement that it targeted the hotel because foreigners came there for drinking and prostitution. Two guests at the hotel said they hadn’t noticed any foreigners present in the hours before the attack.

    Special correspondent Javed Hamdard contributed to this report.

    Taliban insurgents attack popular Kabul resort; at least 20 killed - The Washington Post
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  3. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

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  4. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

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  5. The Attack on Spozhmay Hotel near the Lake Qargha in Kabul by Mujahideen (Pashto)
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  6. [h=2]25 foreign invaders, 19 puppets killed in Kabul operation[/h]Zabihullah Mujahid
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    Friday, 02 Sya'ban 1433
    Friday, 22 June 2012 10:40

    KABUL, Jun. 22 - Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate armed with explosive vests, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives stormed the Spozhmai hotel near Qarga Lake, later on Thursday night, killing and wounding several dozens of the top-level foreign diplomats and military figures and high-ranking puppets.
    The hotels which are seen as hub of obscenity and vulgarity frequented by the lusty foreign and local top-level military and officials to satisfy their impure lust especially on Thursday nights and where anti-Islamic meeting are usually being held was attacked this night, and after more than a 12-hour siege the fighting was still going and a larger number of the the foreign and local military and official as hostages were taken as hostages by Mujahideen.
    A Mujahid, from within the hotel during the fighting hours told Al-Emara on his cell phone that all the martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen, being sound and safe, were putting up a far more rigorous resistance and fighting a larger number of the enemy troops, repelling both the ground and aerial attacks, whereas many of other attack helicopters and fighter crafts were hovering overhead but were unable to target Mujahideen.




    According to the latest news reports, as many as 25 foreign diplomats, and military figures being the guests in the hotel and 14 local including top-level and low-level officials military troops were killed within the hotel, whereas 5 policemen and security forces were killed and several more wounded during the fighting with a team of the four martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen, Hayatullah and Kamran from Logar province, Naimatullah from Zabul and Sulaiman from Kandahar province, who combated the enemies till the last drop of their blood and laid their lives after a resistance of about more than 14 hours.

    The team of 4 heroic Mujahideen, after storming the hotel, locked the civilians in a safe area in some rooms so that may reduce the civilian casualties and after checking the documents of the guests and recognizing them as foreign diplomats or military men or as military men or officials of the puppets government, killed them on the spot. Among those recognized and killed were 25 foreigners and 14 puppets. However, the fighting was over this day after the last Mujahid embraced martyrdom and joined the highest ranks of martyrs.

    25 foreign invaders, 19 puppets killed in Kabul operation
     
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  7. Firebrand Mullah

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    We dont really know what happened there.

    There are however a few facts we cannot deny:

    1 - Qargha and similar places have exclusive nightclubs and restaurants where there are brothels and all other sorts of immorality and crimes.

    2 - Attacking places like this attracts allot of attention

    3 - The Kabul government and the Western backed media have the upper hand in the propaganda war

    4 - Sometimes some measures taken by the Mujahideen cause more harm than good because of the bad publicity it causes

    5 - The Mujahideen have failed to give a good explanation why they attacked this place.
     
  8. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

    I think whatever the reason was for this attact, either way, this was a publicity disaster for the Taliban.
     
  9. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

    I notice that the Kabul government and their Western allies are becoming more successful in their propaganda war in the last few months. I think their spin doctors are getting really good at what they are doing. The last major attack in Kabul by the Taliban was depicted as a failure. The Afghan police and army were hailed as heroes.

    Up until last summer, the Afghan government and their Western backers were very weak in their responses in the media. I don't know how they managed to turn the tie. But they are getting quite good at it.
     
  10. Abu Hawwa

    Abu Hawwa Formerly 'LionofIslam'

    25 foreign invaders, 19 puppets killed in Kabul operation KABUL, Jun. 22 – According to the latest news reports, as many as 25 foreign diplomats, and military figures being the guests in the hotel and 14 local including top-level and low-level officials military troops were killed within the hotel, whereas 5 policemen and security forces were killed and several more wounded during the fighting with a team of the four martyrdom-seeking Mujahideen, Hayatullah and Kamran from Logar province, Naimatullah from Zabul and Sulaiman from Kandahar province, who combated the enemies till the last drop of their blood and laid their lives after a resistance of about more than 14 hours. The team of 4 heroic Mujahideen, after storming the hotel, locked the civilians in a safe area in some rooms so that may reduce the civilian casualties and after checking the documents of the guests and recognizing them as foreign diplomats or military men or as military men or officials of the puppets government, killed them on the spot. Among those recognized and killed were 25 foreigners and 14 puppets. However, the fighting was over this day after the last Mujahid embraced martyrdom and joined the highest ranks of martyrs.


    this is from the unjust media website which gets its reports from the Emirate website.
     
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  11. Abu Hawwa

    Abu Hawwa Formerly 'LionofIslam'

    Wrora, it's been 10 years with there media campaign and that didn't assist them in victory how will it help them now? Any critical reader can read the lies and distortion in there reports, they call some of these puppets civilians so the people don't know.
     
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  12. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist


    In the past 10 years they were very weak in their propaganda. After 10 years they are starting to learn.
     
  13. mnpr_1

    mnpr_1 New Member

    In war, doesn't either side of the forces strategically target military officials and those aiding them?

    Going by what the brother posted above, those that were held hostage were even physically identified as being 'non civilians/combatants' who knows allahu alim about the rest who died in the firefight.
     
  14. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist


    The problem is that so far we have not read about any specific individuals occupying any position who were among the dead.

    But maybe that message will appear in the news lateron.

    Usually it leaks out who the targeted individuals are after a while. So we have to wait this one out to see.
     
  15. AbuSaif

    AbuSaif New Member

    May Allah give victory to the people of the haq. They have been fighing for their rights for the past ten years and the invading forces have always broken the boundries of humanity. Inocnet civillians have been killed in the name of "freedom" and "terrorsim".
     
  16. tariq1981

    tariq1981 New Member

    If the numbers are true, 15 innocent civilians I consider 15 too many dead as collateral damage. It ends up being more harmful than beneficial, wallahu alim.</SPAN> </SPAN>
     
  17. Soul

    Soul Banned

    Why did Taliban attack a hotel?
     
  18. [h=2]Results of the last Kabul operation from various sources[/h]-
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    Wednesday, 07 Sya'ban 1433
    Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:10
    [​IMG]There should be no doubt that the Mujahideen are very precise in their selected objectives especially in Martyrdom attacks and extraordinary efforts are exerted in making the blow effective as well as heavy in terms of enemy human toll even though the enemy portrays the situation as completely opposite. They immediately mobilize their bankrolled media, who from the start of the attack expound the enemy narrative, conduct interviews with their spokespersons, spread their lies and distortions
    and brushes the attack off as an ordinary incident to its viewers, readers and listeners, the target and victims of which are civilians.
    The recent attack on Spogmi hotel in Qargha was also reflected in the same light as the stated formulae and efforts were made to water it down however realities can never be concealed with propaganda and sooner and later everything comes to light. The infamous hotel in Qargha which came under a martyrdom strike was a place whose guests were mainly dollar worshiping hirelings and workers of western embassies as well as workers of NGOs which spread Christianity under the command and support of western countries and are similarly working hand in hand with Afghans in promoting immoralities. The Qargha lakeside was under the surveillance of Mujahideen for the past couple of months and all information needed for the operation was collected and appropriate guidelines handed over to the martyrdom seekers. On the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] of Shaban, the operation was initiated with absolute proficiency, more details about which will be discussed below.The organizers of this operation say that Thursday night was chosen specifically because various parties were held inside this hotel and most of its participants were foreign nationals who had the means of affording its expensive food, drinks and entertainment. Among them were workers from the embassies of Britain, Romania, France, Canada and others; personnel of NGOs which have been working in spreading Christianity in our country for the past decade as well as corrupt officials from Kabul’s intelligence agency and Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs who have stuffed their pockets with illegal money and spend their lives in debauchee and play with the dignity, honor and pride of this nation. There were 330 such people and their associates present on the night of the attack with lots of alcohol, several prostitutes and some famous singers playing music at the request of the hotel managers. Participants of Martyrdom operation One of the leaders from amongst the four Mujahideen (Hayatullah, Sulaiman, Naimatullah and Kamran) who have now reached the high rank of martyrdom said via telephone: When we reached the hotel, there were 4 police standing at the front gate. We proceeded by killed them with silenced pistols then calmly made our way inside, closed the hotel’s main gate and began the separation phase because we were instructed by our elders to avoid harming anyone not associated with the Kabul regime or children or any of the hotel workers. We did as asked to the best of our ability by separating the civilians, assembling them in rooms and instructing them to not leave there rooms during the fighting. On the other hand, all foreign nationals, uniformed hirelings and other puppets of ministries were killed after checking their documentation. After that we started engaging the outside enemy. Witnesses and regional security officials The below information is gathered from a worker of the said hotel, a guest businessman and the commander of police check posts. All three of these men state that they have witnessed things which were completely ignored in televisions and radios. They emphasize that foreigners, most of whom were workers of missionary NGOs and western embassies, visited this hotel every night and plenty had arrived especially on this night. The attack happened suddenly and we stood there shocked. We saw that the Mujahid inside were looking for specific targets and were instructing ordinary people to enter rooms and stay there until the fighting is over. Then the fighting began and we do not know what happened until the morning except that the halls were packed with the bodies of dead people. A police commander said on condition of anonymity that more than a hundred people were killed here however we have been told to stay mute about the casualties. He further said the second floor has still not been cleared (second day) while ambulances were making consecutive trips till nearly dusk time. The said person adds that after the attack, the area was cordoned off by foreign troops until dusk time and even the minister of interior was not allowed near the site. The foreign forces evacuated the dead foreign nationals from the scene then allowed the internal intelligence agency to participate in the clear up however the number of killed, most of whom were foreigners is still not known but the said person says that he believes the number reaches into hundreds. The commander who does not want to be named adds that he has never seen such destruction while all the workers near Qargha lakeside have been told to not talk to any news outlets about the casualties. Commander of foreign forces The commander of foreign forces, John Allen, claimed in a very harsh manner that this attack was the work of ‘Haqqani Network’ and of Pakistan. One thing that is common knowledge is that whenever the foreigners are struck with a heavy blow, they always start making such ridiculous claims. The fact is that this operation was carried out by 4 Afghan warriors, dressed in Afghan clothing and the weapons used were those which have been utilized in our country for the past thirty years and which are known to every young and old Afghan by its name. Mujahideen also reached their target by road and used means which are present with Afghans then why is there a need to place the blame another neighboring country? Such laughable claims are only meant to try and blemish the name of Mujahideen in order to diminish the courage and great deeds of the Afghan Mujahideen (Taliban). However the Afghans have not only just started fighting but we have been at it for the past three decades and the Mujahideen have always had to face such ridiculous claims which strive to portray them in a negative light. We would have needed the help of neighbors in case we had only just started our struggle or that we were not familiar with weapons or that we had spent all our lives in immorality and handouts. Only in such a case would we have needed help from other nations in organizing and executing operations. The matter of the fact is that Afghan Mujahideen have set the epitome in warfare and are themselves masters in matters of war. This is the third time that we are defeating the most advanced and highly trained forces of the world so is it plausible that the Mujahideen would need any help in their operations? The matter is very clear; John Allen is only trying to deceive the American public with such statements, somehow control its failures, play down the demonstration of astuteness and valor of Mujahideen and especially to give patience to the defeated Kabul regime and conjure reasons for it to keep on fighting? Why, because it is Pakistan which is interfering!!! Western media The western media was also made befuddled observations and displayed that the Taliban is still a strong force in Afghanistan and demonstrated that they can strike anywhere they want, can take weapons with them anywhere they want and the garrison city of Kabul is still under threat from a potent Taliban force. A few observations can clearly be made from the analysis of the mentioned arguments:1. That the Taliban want to continue their Jihad and protect their religion and sanctities and are prepared to present every king of sacrifice to defend its nation.2. That Taliban don’t rely on propaganda but are able to, with the help of Allah, do anything they want and strike the enemy anywhere they want.3. That the Taliban are forging ahead with their Jihad with the Allah’s support and divine help as well as the unrestrained backing of its nation. It is with the immense support and sacrifice of its people with its Mujahid brothers that such attacks are carried out inside the garrison city of Kabul. They cover them and their secrets with their head shrouds up until the launch of the operation.4. As for the caused casualties, they are completely covered up by the invaders, Kabul’s stooge regime and its surrogate media and only a tiny fraction is released while every effort is made to deflate the effectiveness of such strikes. Our countrymen are witness how the huge Sahra Bagh incident was covered up and then it was later testified to by an American general in America. Even the Kabul administration has adopted this formula by always denying their casualties even though Karzai made a rare public statement a couple of days earlier and said that between 20 and 25 of its security personnel are killed on a daily basis.5. That there are people inside the security apparatus of the Kabul administration who share intelligence with Mujahideen and with its help, such large operation take place.6. That the spring Al-Farooq operation has completely devastated the enemy and it is not far that they shall face an ignominious defeat and leave.7. The claims of NATO about its war (occupation) progress were proved wrong.8. It is made clear that no matter how strong falsehood is, it shall face defeat and the truth shall be triumphant.9. It is made clear that despite the Afghans being weak, they are better than any other nation in defending its religion, are a freedom and independence loving nation and are staunch protectors of their beliefs.10. Now that the invaders have lost, there is only one way left for them and that is to accept the heroism of the Afghan nation and withdraw its evil forces under any pretext of their liking. If such a move is not made then the Afghan Muslim and furious nation will deliver even more such blows which will neither leave you your head or your dignity.
     
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  19. walid

    walid New Member

    What do people get up to in some hotels?, surely you can use your imagination.
     
  20. abuhannah

    abuhannah Well-Known Member

    Kind of obvious this was a mukhbarrat hang out...

    Maiwand,please edit and paragraph your posts,no one can read that as it is...
     

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