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Coordinated Attacks Rock Kabul

Cue the talk about "finishing the mission": Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses

Cue the talk about "finishing the mission":

Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses and officials said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the boldest on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.

Ben Farmer, reporting from the scene described the speed of the security force's response to the well planned attacks:”The Afghan forces sadly have quite a lot of experience in dealing with these attacks and moved very quickly to surround the buildings. I saw Afghan commandoes and snipers take positions around a building overlooking the diplomatic district.”

After initial bursts of gunfire and what may have been rocket propelled grenades there is now a lull in the fighting possibly suggesting that the assault on Kabul has become a siege situation.

The Guardian is live blogging events. Reportedly, Hamid Karzai's presidential palace has also been attacked.

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