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Afghan forces' response to Kabul attacks lauded

Afghan forces' response to Kabul attacks lauded

Sep 16, 2011 - 12:22

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Afghan national security forces' response to the situation arising out of the latest terrorist attack in Kabulinfo-icon is demonstration of their capabilities and strength, a top ISAFinfo-icon official has said.

The insurgents were trying to get media attention with such attacks and undermine the confidence in Afghan forces and the international community, said Major General Tim Evans, the chief of staff for the headquarters of the ISAF Joint Command.

"In Kabul, the Afghan security forces dealt with the situation with minimal ISAF assistance, demonstrating once again they do have the capability to do so," Evans told reporters in a video conference from Kabul on Thursday.

Evans said the incident had in no way dented their morale. "I think, again, on the military side, we understand the tactical nature of the event, but obviously its repercussions. And actually, as we explained, they did do a good assault. They did a deliberate action. It did take 20 hours."

He expected terrorist attacks on the occasion of 10th anniversary of 9/11. "And actually, we thwarted a number of attacks, by both ours and the Afghan special forces," he continued.

"But these individuals -- and, we are told by the police, possibly disguised in burqas -- did manage to get through to the Marriott Hotel. But it didn't breach any of the government buildings, it didn't achieve any of their aims in the sense of taking through or casualties of any in the ISAF quarter...

"Therefore, I would say suicide as a tactical action will have a wider perception. But we know that the insurgents have changed their tactics to go for these spectacular events in order to get the media coverage," Evans said.


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