Brazen Taliban attack shows tactical skill, military limits, says analyst

"They just wanted to show their power"

Monday’s Taliban attack in Kabul was show of force more than anything else, according to a political analyst interviewed by Reuters. “It was an ‘attack show’ from the Taliban, not a military-based action,” says Wahid Mudjah. “They just wanted a show for the international community.” And what a show it was; the attacks involved at least ten gunmen and suicide bombers and was very well-coordinated, coinciding with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s swearing in of cabinet ministers only hundreds of meters away. While the attack was a tactical success, the shortcomings of the Taliban resulted in relatively few casualties; three Afghan security force members were killed along with two civilians, while 71 were injured.


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