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June 28, 2011

Massive Taliban Attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

Breaking. A swarm of vermin laden with suicide vests.

Why target the hotel? Multiple possible reasons. One: As noted by CNN, thereís a presser scheduled there tomorrow to announce a handover of security duties from NATO to the Afghan army. Preempting that by running wild in the hotel carries symbolic value. Two: Itís a soft target in Kabul, Karzaiís stronghold, not a military outpost in some far-flung eastern or southern province. Thatís a message to NATO commanders that the battlefield this year might be a lot bigger than they think. And three, obviously: They want to capitalize on Obamaís withdrawal announcement to show that not only havenít they been defeated, theyíre still strong enough to wreak havoc right under NATOís nose in a supposedly heavily guarded tourist spot. Just as Iím writing this, NBCís claiming that three attackers have blown themselves up; no word on where the other three are or how many people in the hotel are dead. Stand by for updates.

Also, the Intercontinental chain is a brand name. They like going after things with brand names.


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