March 22, 2014

AFGHANISTAN: Eight Civilians Including Children And Foreigners Were MURDERED In A Taliban Islamic Militant Attack On A Luxury Hotel In Kabul. >:/

Which leads me to remind you about dumb and dumber we have running America. You have to be a fool to think you can reason with Islamic militants. They are soulless blood thirsty demonic spirits.
[source: The Daily Mail UK 12/20/2011] The Taliban are not our enemy, says vice-president Biden as U.S. prepares to negotiate prisoner transfer deal. U.S. prepares to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.
[source: Fox news 12/19/2011] White House Stands by Biden Statement That Taliban Isn't U.S. Enemy.
[source: The Guardian UK 1/3/2012] The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantรกnamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations.
[source: The Times of India 10/14/2012] Three brothers of a senior Taliban commander attacked a school bus targeting 14 year old teenage education rights activist Malala Yousufzai for speaking up against the Taliban. Malala was shot in the head and neck during the Taliban attack on her and two of her school friends.
[source: Reuters 6/10/2013] Seven Taliban Islamist militants including suicide bombers launch large attack on Kabul international airport in pre-dawn raid.
[source: Fox news 11/7/2013] Pakistani Taliban chooses man who planned Malala Yousafzai attempted assassination as new leader. The ruthless commander behind the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as well as a series of bombings and beheadings was chosen as the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
[source: CS Monitor 11/12/2013] At the request of Afghan officials, Pakistan has reportedly released almost 40 Taliban combatants, supposedly to help spur peace negotiations.
[source: The New York Times 1/17/2014] Taliban Islamist militants attacked a Restaurant Favored by Westerners, with a suicide bomber clearing a path for two gunmen, who rushed in and fired on diners, MURDERING 16 INNOCENT PEOPLE.
[source: The Daily Mail UK 2/13/2014] Afghanistan releases 65 Taliban prisoners despite US warnings they will kill NATO forces.
[source: The New York Times 2/23/2014] Taliban Raid Afghan Army Base, MURDERED 21 US Soldiers in Their Sleep.
The Telegraph UK
written by AFP staff
Friday March 21, 2014

At least eight civilians including children and foreigners were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, the spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said n Friday, just weeks before the country's presidential election.

In a brazen assault, four teenage gunmen with pistols hidden in their socks managed to penetrate several layers of security at the Serena hotel, a prestigious venue favoured by foreign visitors to the capital, on Thursday night.

One of the civilians killed in the attack was a former Paraguayan diplomat who was in Afghanistan as an election observer, Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said.

The Taliban, who have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the election on April 5, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"8 civilian including, 3 women (2 foreigners), 3 men and 2 children were killed during the terrorist attack on Serena Hotel Kabul last night," interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on his official Twitter feed.

Deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi gave a death toll of nine – five Afghans and four foreigners.

Loizaga named the Paraguayan election observer as Luis Maria Duarte, a lawyer who also worked for the United Nations.

The four attackers entered the hotel around 6:00pm on Thursday, pretending to be guests, and began firing around 9:00pm.

They were later gunned down by Afghan security forces.

"I heard some gunshots, and we all were taken by guards to the safe rooms," a front-desk clerk told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Jane Ferguson, an Al Jazeera television journalist staying at the hotel, said on Twitter she had "just got out of Serena hotel safe. Horrible few hours with furniture against my door."

Loizaga said the attackers reportedly hid in a bathroom and then burst into the hotel's restaurant and opened fire.

The attack occurred on the eve of Nawroz, the Persian New Year which is a major holiday in Afghanistan, and the hotel was hosting special celebrations.

The Serena, the most upmarket accommodation in Kabul, has been targeted by militants in the past, including a Taliban suicide attack in 2008 that left eight people dead.

By upgrading its security, the Serena has continued to attract diplomats, foreign workers and Afghan businessmen to its two restaurants, coffee shop and gym complete with outdoor pool.

Thursday's attack came on the same day that seven Taliban suicide attackers stormed a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing 10 policemen.

Taliban leaders earlier this month urged their fighters to attack polling staff, officials, voters and security forces before the election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed 16 people at a crowded market in the northern province of Faryab. There was no claim of responsibility for that attack.

Previous Afghan elections have been badly marred by violence as Islamist militants displayed their opposition to the US-backed polls.

Another bloodstained election would damage claims by international donors that the expensive military and civilian intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 has made progress in establishing a functioning state system.

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