Video: Taliban seize Kabul resort, kill 18

posted at 9:21 am on June 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Shades of Mumbai?  The Taliban attacked a resort hotel in Kabul late yesterday, killing 18 people and holding dozens more hostage while holding off Afghanistan security forces.  By daylight, however, combined Afghan and ISAT forces rescued the hostages and killed all five Taliban terrorists:

Fourteen Afghan civilians, three security guards and an Afghan police officer died in the attack, said Mohammad Zahir, criminal director for Kabul police.

“The attackers entered the hotel and suddenly opened fire on families having a late dinner,” Zahir said. “The hotel was crowded. Some of the guests jumped from the window into the hotel yard. They were hiding under trees or any safe place they could find.

“Three of the guests jumped into the lake and hid in the water,’ ‘ he added.

Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the five attackers — armed with machines guns, rocket-propelled grenades and vests laden with explosives — stormed the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake before midnight on Thursday. By midmorning Friday, militants were still fighting Afghan forces, supported by international troops. Gunfire pierced the quiet surroundings of the lake area. Black smoke was rising from the two-story hotel in a wooded area on the bank of the lake. NATO helicopters circled overhead.

Supposedly this resort got targeted for “un-Islamic activity” and because the Taliban thought they could find Western diplomats there, but the Kabul police dispute both points:

“The Taliban propaganda is saying that there was immoral activity there and that people were drinking alcohol,” said Zahir, the criminal director for the Kabul police. “That is totally wrong. These are people who had worked all week and had gone to the lake to have a restful dinner with their families. The view there is very good for relaxation. There is no alcohol.”

The timing of this can’t be worse for NATO and Hamid Karzai — and perhaps even worse for the Taliban.  At the moment, they are trying to find ways to bring the war to an end and have the Taliban engage politically rather than militarily, which given the large Pashtun presence in the country was always going to be the end game anyway.  However, the Taliban just gave Afghans a reminder of what life was like when they ran the country with their murderous and brutal theocracy, and gave Karzai and the West a taste of what will happen if they return.

On the bright side, the Afghan security forces appear to have done a good job in bringing this to a relatively swift end.  They had help from ISAT, true, but from this report it looks like they did most of the work and limited the carnage as much as they possibly could under the circumstances.  That’s an encouraging sign, but perhaps not enough to counter the obvious threat from the Taliban in a one-on-one fight.


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A resort in Kabul…???…

PatriotRider on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Barbarians…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The religion of peace.

A bunch of subhuman animals.

acyl72 on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

targeted for un-Islamic activity….

whut?

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

When US casualties in Iraq exceeded 2000, every news network obsessed about it for days.
US casualties in Afghanistan just exceeded 2000, & only CBS & Fox mentioned it, in passing.
I wonder what’s different now…?

itsnotaboutme on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Islam is so awesome….not

thedevilinside on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Darn those misunderstanders of Islam!

Akzed on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

the beatings killings around here are going to continue until the morale Islamic activity improves.

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Deja vu, all over again.

AZCoyote on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Itsnotaboutme

Hmmmm dear leader ‘the good war’ of course we hear crickets

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The appropriate response is clearly negotiation and engagement.

steebo77 on June 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Gosh, those Taliban are almost as violent as those awful Tea Partiers…..

/libs

search4truth on June 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I think Oblamo needs to go over to some of these middle east countries and bow to the leaders and apologize some more.

acyl72 on June 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

That’s it, I’m canceling the family vacation to Kabul that I had planned.

Bishop on June 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

were these Taliban supplied with weapons purchased at AZ gun dealers? Was this a method used to get gun control done “under the radar”? Does Eric Holder not know anything about this? Is this clear evidence that there are too many guns out there that are falling into the wrong hands?

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Shades of Mumbai?

If so, a sign of just how weak the Taliban are. Mumbai was an attack on the second largest (population wise) country in the world — an international incident. This is basically a hoo-hum in country attack that resulted in complete failure.

What was the point of this operation? Did it achieve its goals?
Unclear and no.

rbj on June 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Why hasn’t the Obama’s vacationed there?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

speaking of Kabul, it is an awful place…so is Jalalabad…

awful.

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Oh darnit! I was just getting to go on expedia and set up my Kabul vacation package. I hear the weather is wonderful this time of year and theres lots of family fun in downtown Kabul!

jephthah on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

…peaceful poppyseed people!
…someone drank booze at that resort at one time or sometin’…so people have to die!

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

And the alphabet soup media…….

“Oh look….Romney is amazed at ATMs….he said so…lets listen” – MSNBC

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Haven’t had a tweet from Kabul all morning…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

doesn’t someone have their ‘eye on the ball’ over there?

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Why hasn’t the Obama’s vacationed there?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM | Delete

…I think JugEars flew in there one night to broadcast a speech…and pounded the sand to see if it would be a nice place for Mooch.

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

“…from the orbit. It’s the only way to make sure.”

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

*whistles* I’d sure would have hated to be them if they tried that crap in a state like Texas….

Turtle317 on June 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

if someone had a son, would he look like one of these afghanis?

ted c on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

A resort in Kabul… talk about Holidays in Hell! (borrowed from P.J. O’Rourke).

Scriptor on June 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Guess the resort will hang out the Vacancy sign this morning.

hillsoftx on June 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Why hasn’t the Obama’s vacationed there?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Mooch heard bad things about the chef.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Why hasn’t the Obama’s vacationed there?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Golf course is one big sand trap…

PatriotRider on June 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Why hasn’t the Obama’s vacationed there?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

No lobster or arugula.

search4truth on June 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

“A Kabul resort.” Oh, that’s just the place we’d want to take our 2 week vacation. Kind of like the olden days when it was a Holiday in Cambodia that was the most sought after excursion. /

anotherJoe on June 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The man-caused disaster causers who attacked the hotel obviously didn’t hear TFHP’s Cairo Speech.

Bishop on June 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I think Oblamo needs to go over to some of these middle east countries and bow to the leaders and apologize some more.

acyl72 on June 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

He’s a little too busy at the moment:

As Mexican President Felipe Calderon laughs at him for granting a pass to the millions of illegals flooding into the U.S. from Mexico, President Barack Obama greets him with a deferential and submissive bow prior to the opening of the G20 World Leaders Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico yesterday.

Rebar on June 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The Taliban is Pakistan’s proxy in Afghanistan – Pakistan doesn’t want us to withdraw from AF/PAK because they are war profiteers.

Pakistan thinks this episode is going to change our withdrawal time table from Afghanistan? Not likely -highly improbable.

Watching Karzai exiting from Afghanistan ahead of the United States military is going to be a spectacle to watch. No doubt we all will see dust clouds forming around his feet, like a road runner cartoon.

Dr Evil on June 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

It’s all inclusive. One fee cover airfare, food, drinks, water sports and Taliban attacks.

Ted Torgerson on June 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Those “religion of peace” people are at it again, following the straightforward interpretations of the commands in their Koran, and having the 7th century warlord Muhammad as their required role model.
These sort of murderous suicidal/martyr missions to kill the worthless infidels and their lackeys to bring about fundamental Islam seem to happen a lot.

But we are supposed to have no fear of Islam nor worries about Muslim immigration. Sure.

Chessplayer on June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I honestly want to see how Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom would cover this story.

BigGator5 on June 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Wow, that is amazing

e Afghan security forces appear to have done a good job in bringing this to a relatively swift end.

scalleywag on June 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Just FYI, it’s the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, not ISAT.

It’s the little things, sometimes.

Sgt Steve on June 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Get out now. Launch drone attacks against suspected targets indefiniely.

Rinse repeat.

rickyricardo on June 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

scalleywag on June 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Don’t let the smooth taste fool you. Pretty much any time it’s “combined Afghan National Army and ISAF task force” it’s American or European guns doing the shooting, and the ANA getting the ink. I know I sound like a terrible cynic, but that’s been how it goes, in my experience.

Sgt Steve on June 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I think we should stop using the word «theocracy» to refer Taliban and other Muslim regimes and go for the more precise «Allahcracy».That’s really what it is.

Luis Cardoso on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Supposedly this resort got targeted for “un-Islamic activity”

That’s what you get for installing showers and soap dispensers.

/

Seriously, how much more blood needs to be shed before leaders start acknowledging that looking for “good Muslims” is like looking for “good Nazis”?

mankai on June 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

It’s all inclusive. One fee cover airfare, food, drinks, water sports and Taliban attacks.

Ted Torgerson on June 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

ROFL

But still…I feel sort of bad for laughing.

Bishop on June 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I think we should stop using the word «theocracy» to refer Taliban and other Muslim regimes and go for the more precise «Allahcracy». That’s really what it is.

Luis Cardoso on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

We cannot. The term is already copyrighted by AP.

Archivarix on June 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Scratched from bucket list: Kabul resort

Borgcube on June 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Seriously, how much more blood needs to be shed before leaders start acknowledging that looking for “good Muslims” is like looking for “good Nazis”?

mankai on June 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

It’s not so much as looking for “good Muslims” as it is acknowledging that the “bad” ones are not out of the mainstream.

Happy Nomad on June 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’m pretty much agnostic, but I figure a religion’s value to society can pretty well be measured by how its adherents contribute to or detract from the societies in which they are prevalent. Contrast and compare: Islam, and attacks like this one on their own fellow Muslims, and Mormonism.

Now compare how the press treats both.

Socratease on June 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Just FYI, it’s the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, not ISAT.

It’s the little things, sometimes.

Sgt Steve on June 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Or as the U.S. Miltitary refers to them I Saw An American Fight.

Dr Evil on June 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

So much for my next vacation. Damascus looks good?

Kenosha Kid on June 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

One cannot negotiate with savages. They see it as weakness. Is it unfair to say this event is on Obama? Dead terrorists cannot seize a hotel and kill people.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

There is no comparison between the Muslim fighters and soldiers around the world.

Muslims attack the World Trade Center, Hotel/Resorts, Lines of people waiting to vote.

American Soldiers(and most others around the world) attack Military bases, bridges, landing strips, weapons factories, palaces of dictators.

Why are Muslims so afraid to attack anyone that can shoot back?

jeffn21 on June 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

” By midmorning Friday, militants were still fighting Afghan forces, supported by international troops. ”

Why were the militants being supported by international troops?

Oh, and I find my concern for the misfortunes of a nation of savages who have proven that they like living and act like cavemen to be below my level of concern for the feelings of what I just flushed down the toilet.

blindside on June 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Oh dear. This is going to generate a LOT of negative reviews on TripAdvisor.

DarthBrooks on June 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

However, the Taliban just gave Afghans a reminder of what life was like when they ran the country with their murderous and brutal theocracy, and gave Karzai and the West a taste of what will happen if they return

They ain’t seen nothing yet.There is a trainload of death coming.

docflash on June 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

blindside on June 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I concur.

sage0925 on June 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Dead terrorists cannot seize a hotel and kill people.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

But they can vote in Florida.

Kenosha Kid on June 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’ll have to call and see if I can get a refund for my room reservation!

That lake view is a killer.

Inshallah.

profitsbeard on June 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Wait. Back up a second.

Somebody actually goes to Afstan for a vacation?

mojo on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

There’s a lot of nervous virgins in Heaven today, I bet.

Harbingeing on June 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

A resort in Kabul…???…

PatriotRider on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I guess the one in Fallujah was all booked up.

ModerateMan on June 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I honestly want to see how Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom would cover this story.

BigGator5 on June 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Well you can be certain the Taliban would be evangelical Christians drunk on moonshine driving F150s with their sister-wives strapped to the bumpers as human shields.

CorporatePiggy on June 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Wait. Back up a second.

Somebody actually goes to Afstan for a vacation?

mojo on June 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

We have contractors and there are NGOs in Afghanistan, the Taliban always hits the soft targets. It’s not like they are attacking the military where they know they would get wiped out in quick succession.

It’s called Terrorism they (Pakistan) are terrorizing the Afghan population.

It’s not like we haven’t bent over backwards to train and supply the Afghans with a military that could stand up to the Taliban. At some point they have to want to secure their own country such as it is a corrupt narco terrorist hell hole.

Dr Evil on June 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Kabul “resort”. LOL!

Reminds me of the Dead Kennedy’s song, Holiday in Cambodia, about the salad days of Pol Pot.

mapper on June 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

A resort in Kabul…???…

PatriotRider on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Club Dead

mankai on June 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Gosh, those Taliban are almost as violent as those awful Tea Partiers…..

/libs

search4truth

Don’t forget that Kos’s latest book is titled

American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right

In his thesis, the Republican Party is the US version of the Taliban. Very closely linked.

The good news?

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,550 in Books

Zombie on June 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

When US casualties in Iraq exceeded 2000, every news network obsessed about it for days. US casualties in Afghanistan just exceeded 2000, & only CBS & Fox mentioned it, in passing. I wonder what’s different now…?

itsnotaboutme on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What I don’t understand is how this subterfuge by the MSM is just ignored. We should have a massive protest and boycott movement going to put these communists out of business. Finally.

KMC1 on June 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Damned, I was going to go to that Resort in Kabul right after my golfing vacation in Mogadishu.

Wallythedog on June 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

the Taliban just gave Afghans a reminder of what life was like when they ran the country with their murderous and brutal theocracy, and gave Karzai and the West a taste of what will happen if they return.

And they are welcome to it. We should have left many years ago.

woodNfish on June 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Doesn’t look like the “winning the hearts and minds policy” is working very well does it. This is going to be hell on the tourist business.

savage24 on June 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM