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At least 10 people are reported to have been killed after a top hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack by gunmen and suicide bombers.
Kabul's police chief told the BBC that security forces were exchanging fire with up to six assailants who had got inside the Intercontinental Hotel.
A security official said three suicide bombers had blown themselves up - at the hotel's front gate, on the second floor, and at the back of the hotel.
The Taliban said it was responsible.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by Paulioetc15
First a disclaimer. I in no way endorse, nor agree with the actions of the creeps who did this. Just wanted to make that clear as crystal.
I cannot understand this. A group of heavily armed men, equipped with suicide jackets, rifles, grenades, and I am assuming side arms (simply because you dont wear cufflinks unless you bought a shirt out with you as well), storm a heavily defended hotel, get past the security while fighting a running battle with them, and manage, with all that fire power, and explosive potential, to kill just ten people?
I can only think of two scenarios, at this point that can account for such a low body count in such an instance. They are as follows:
i) The training camps these lackwits are going to have some serious curriculum break down issues. The reasons I have for saying this are many fold, and I will try to make them clear without over much confusion.
I have never been to any kind of boot camp and of course I have no desire to go to a terror camp, but I think the motivation for training a person to kill and die for a cause so fundamental as that which drives those who did this must be pretty easy to ascertain.
The clue is in the name of thier designation as international criminals. Terrorists intend to cause fear, and chaos, and leave devastation in thier wake. Therefore there must be certain methodologies that apply to such a mission statement. In order to carry out the mission statement, and succeed in spreading terror, it seems to me that training in the effective use of firearms and explosives would be a must.
While accepting that this terror attack probably caused those who live in the vicinity, and of course those caught up in it, a massive amount of terror, I cannot help but veiw the body count as a failiure. With a pistol full of ammunition, a rifle with a mag between thirty and fifty rounds, a belt of grenades, and suicide vests, the attack , by rights, should have been more deadly , and nothing puts the willies up a society like a big bodycount.
If these fools had been trained effectively to cause max damage and thereby cause maximum fear, then more people would be in bits and pieces, shot to ribbons, blown to smithereens, and the like.
To be honest , if I was asked by some scumbag, to cause the most possible chaos, I would have bought that building down around the ears of the guests and patrons of the venue, and HUNDREDS would have been dead or injured, the skyline would have been ruined, and lives of everyone connected with the building would have been changed forever. The event would have had permanance. The advantage of proper training would allow this scenario to come to fruit.
With half baked training, you get men who cant shoot worth a damn (as evidenced by the fact that a group of men with between approximately sixty five and seventy rounds each lets say, split between pistols and rifles) and fail with all that ammo to maximise its potential, and men who although carrying explosives strapped to thier chests, would rather commit suicide with them,than actualy cause the maximum fear, by causing the maximum deaths and infrastructural scarring.
ii) The Taliban are getting desperate and are churning out the most utterly incapable bunch of morons that ever turned up to a training camp. How can a bunch of guys, given training and weapons , ammo and explosives, fail to cause the deaths of at least a hundred people? They would have had better sucess attacking travel infrastructure, or by using herding tactics to bottleneck the guests of the hotel, and letting off thier suicide vests whilst among the stampeding throng.
This seems like the most amateurish nonsense attack, given the size of the target, the fact that the area was what could be reasonably called a target rich environment, and the arms that were said to be carried by the attackers. It just doesnt make sense to send that many resources into a situation, and have such a meagre result.
That concludes my analysis. I would like to take this oppertunity to reinforce my disclaimer from the beginning of this post. I in no way endorse the attack on the hotel, or the activity of fundamentalist groups of any nature. However the sheer pointlessness of this raid, and the lack of what I would call an effective result, are worthy of comment and investigation in my opinion.edit on 28-6-2011 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error. So sorry.