June 29th, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Videos: Kabul hotel attack

Eight militants and 10 others are dead after a brazen, carefully-orchestrated attack on a Kabul hotel that the Taliban has claimed responsibility for, officials said Wednesday.

Two police officers are among those killed in the attack that began late Tuesday night and carried into Wednesday at the Hotel Inter-Continental, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

Check out some of the best images as the attack unfolded:

First photos

Witness to the battle

NATO troops enter the scene

The end of the attack

The hotel in the morning light


Filed under: Kabul
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  1. Business Owner

    These US solders should not be in Afghanistan and 2 presidents who ordered them to go over should be put in Prison for it. Solders are indentured servents because they have to do what their master tells them. This form of slavery has be outlawed everywhere except by goverments. We need to outlaw indentured servature in the military now!

    July 4, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The problem is they voluntarily signed up to become slaves.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. .

    If you are a US citizen, as you have claimed to be when such a claim supports a given post you have made, then YOU, too, imposed a con sti tu tion by force. So YOU are pretending to change and control their future.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • .

      this is in reply to our resident weenie troll salamee.

      June 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I did not claim to be an US citizen, but an US taxpayer. It is almost the same as my money is used to move the war and this is why I am posting. I do not want to impose anything to other people, even my ideas through violence.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
      • .

        well then cease your vapid posts. you are trying to impose your ideas here.

        July 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I do not impose my ideas, but if you post false statements I must correct. Besides, opinions can be confronted.

        July 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      Salerno is not USA citizen, according his posts easily you can say he is Pakistani or someone Pashtuns from east and south of the country, probably has some position in Afghan governement for sure i can say, what he posts , are very shameful if some american posts,

      from Kabul

      July 10, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am not pashtun, have no position in Afghan governmant, never been in Afghanistan. I am from the wet.

        July 11, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am from the west.

        July 11, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. ....

    Karzai needs to be gone... The Afghans do want a good future and do want our infrastructure, medicine, etc. The taliban and other militants only represent a very small number of the population. We need to militarily leave but directly contribute in the infrastructure to the country. Not hand billions of dollars to Pakistan and Afghanistan with 0 accountability. Pakistan are the real terrorists. Theyre the ones who want Afghans from developing into a sustainable country.

    June 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You miss completely that the afghans voted Karzai.

      June 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • ....

        The US put Karzai in power and fixed voting has kept him in power. How can you think voting in Afghanistan is truly democratic? Corruption is rampant, a large majority have zero respect or faith in karzai.

        June 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        So you are against the US.

        July 1, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        no one vote for Karzai just some Pakistan slaves and he did steal the votes otherwise he apponent Dr abdullah was the winer, Karzai is the king of curroption and cheating as his fathers was in the past and he is now, no one believe and trust on him, he is the first law broker , what he says he does not believe on that, he is sick man, like Taliban

        from Kabul

        July 10, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        If Karzai was able to steal the votes in an american controlled electio, he is a genius !

        July 10, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. pamiri

    Till Karzai is on power as president we would never see the stable government, because he works for Pakistan and Taliban , not for Afghan ,

    we have to send him rear to his brothers otherwise he would bring his all brothers to Kabul then ??????????????

    from Kabul

    June 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    Base on what actions happen in Kabul and in around the country, it shows the insurgents (Taliban) has strong hold in Afghan government by their supports and lobbies at high positions. And on the other hand the weak leadership by ( Karzai) and his interested angels to Taliban and Pakistan have made the situation like now, and it requires reform in Afghan government to expel those, who has link with Taliban in one or the other way.

    Best regards,
    from Kabul

    June 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carole Clarke

    We are trying to bring them into the 21st century but they don't want to come. They'll use modern weapons against us and accept modern medicine when they are sick or wounded but prefer to remain walled off in their mountains herding goats or doing subsistence farming or trading thru the passes as they have done for centuries with the outside world. Education is only for the elite, they still belong to tribes and because of that are going to remain out of the modern world. It wouldn't have mattered to us until they harbored Al Qaeda and boasted after 9/11. First tier nations cannot let such things pass. We went after Al Qaeda there, encountered the Taliban's repression then got sidetracked into Iraq. Their whole gvt is corrupt, tribal and without care for their people, as life has been there for centuries. Their people do not expect their gvt to do anything for them. In fact, they know they have to bribe people to get anything done. To us, it's primitive and self-defeating but it's all they have. Perhaps a fast trip into the 21st century is too frightening for them.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Did it ever occur to you Carole, that all the Afghans want is to be left alone? I just wish that we would do like the Russians did back in 1989 unless someone can somehow arrange a peace between the Karzai regime and the Taliban.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan from Detroit, MI

    I suppose that the right-wing news media will use this incident to glorify the NATO forces as usual. It never ends!!!

    June 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carole Clarke

    How did they manage to infiltrat the hotel? Probably by having sympathizers in the hotel security staff. These people are not ready for the future, the past holds them too closely. I don't see any situation that would turn their country against their tactics. People get the kind of government they deserve.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      Like your phrase:
      These people are not ready for the future, the past holds them too closely.

      Well put and I believe very true.

      June 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        It is THEIR future, and it belongs to their people.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • .

        we never said otherwise.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        But you are trying to change it.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • .

        NO we are not.

        June 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        You imposed a con-sti-tution by force. You put in place Karzai. So you are pretending to change and control their future.

        June 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |