Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hotel attack in Kabul: an attack of high symbolic value

For hours Talibans have occupied the building until a NATO helicopter ended the fighting. The plan for the handover of security responsibility to the Afghan people is at risk. Nevertheless, the huge hotel on a hilltop in the west of Kabul on Tuesday evening as well attended as long as no more. A wedding with several prominent guests and dinner parties filled the halls and a garden restaurant by the pool. Also in the house: employees, journalists and the first of the six governors who their conference here on Wednesday to hand over security responsibility.

At the latest by the attack in Kabul it is clear that the Taliban have identified all the symbols for the transfer process as potential targets for violent attacks. Appropriate ceremonies and events are plentiful in the coming weeks.

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