Taliban are now up their attacks on the British and attack British offices in Kabul
The Taliban laid a siege for over an “Hour at a British cultural centre on Friday the 19th , killing at least nine people during the hours-long assault in what the group called a warning to London as the country celebrated 92 years of independence from British rule.
(Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister said; Sit back and look at your clock or watch, and imagine sitting in your offices or home’s for “One Hours? Sir Michael said; “Can you or “Could you imagine such a thing, one minute your sitting there talking to a colleague and all of a sudden s bullets are hitting the wall smashing the windows glass brick falling down all around you, a grenade going off next to you? the “fear that most of you would be in for your life’s can you really imagine that never having been in an hour like that before or even 15 minutes? An Hours battle is a very long, long, time, I know like others an hour’s battle is a very, very, very long, long, time he said)
This is it, you’re sitting in your offices and any office will do? Or you’re in your homes next to an office/s? The Taliban set off the attack with two large explosions before dawn then stormed the “British Council building in central Kabul” and fought with Afghan security forces and NATO troops. Eight explosions in total were heard by early afternoon along with rapped small arms fire being exchanged on both sides and you’re going to be in the middle of it.
Scores of Afghan and NATO troops surrounded a compound strewn with wooden and metal debris while two helicopters hovered on watch above. A ministry of interior spokesman said at over 12 people were wounded during the assault and some killed.
“Eight members of the Afghan national police and one foreign soldier were killed,” Mohammad Zahir, head of criminal investigations for the Kabul police, told The London Times. He said he was not able to confirm the nationality of the foreign soldier yet.
A British embassy spokesman in Kabul confirmed the attack. “We are coordinating with the Afghan security forces,” he said.
A Reuter’s photograph taken at the scene clearly shows a British soldier being lifted onto a stretcher with blood across his back and wound to the back of his head. There was a Union Jack insignia on his left shoulder, and you also see very clearly the different in uniforms than those worn by council’s guards.
The British embassy declined to make any comments when the London Times called.
Police believe there are foreign people trapped inside the building, and as many as three assailants were also believed to be inside. By afternoon the rescue parties only, one left.
“There is one suicide bomber left alive in the bulletproof basement of the British Council,” a ministry of interior official, who declined to be named, said later.
Afghan and NATO troops were trying to kill him.
A Reuters witness heard a large explosion shortly after 1 p.m. local time (0830 GMT), the eighth one off later that day, in what the ministry of interior source said could have been an attempt to kill the last attacker or him detonating an explosive.
The Taliban said they were sending two messages: “one to the Afghan government and one to the British government said a spokesperson of the Taliban Mr Zabihullah Mujahid when he called the London Time from an undisclosed location in Kabul.
“We are now reminding them that we will become independent again from all foreigners, especially from the British,” Mr Mujahid said, referring to Afghanistan’s independence from British rule back in 1919.
The NATO-led forces in Afghanistan also confirmed there had been several explosions near the British Council building which is not a part of the main British embassy in the heart of diplomatic area of Kabul.
Security has now been doubled up across the capital of Kabul ahead of the date.
After the United States, The British have the second-largest force in the NATO-led war against the Taliban, with over 10,000 troops deployed there.
Mr Mujahid declined to say how many Taliban bombers the group used for the attacks, which come a month after NATO handed over security responsibilities to the Afghans in several areas across the country, as part of a gradual transition process to be completed by the end of 2014 which isn’t going to well, if fact it’s been complete disaster said Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister.
He said; Afghan forces where meant to have been given the responsibility’s for the city of Kabul since 2008, when NATO said it had handed over the security and control, but what we see in reality is NATO forces still doing the policing of the area “Why” Because the Afghans are just not really up to the job, some are supports of the Taliban, and many are corrupted, how on earth dose the British government or NATO think this is really going to work this called hand over?.
There is now growing unease within US and Europe about the costly and increasingly violent war that has dragged on for over 10 years, causing Americans to question whether bringing home all combat troops by 2014 is fast enough.
NATO and the US earlier this year reluctantly backed Kabul’s peace plan, which involves reconciliation with some members of the Taliban. The Taliban have repeatedly said they will not negotiate with the Afghan government until all foreign forces have stopped fighting in their country.