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Taliban Fighters 'All Killed' After Kabul Siege
Fighting with insurgents in Kabul has ended after an 18-hour siege that began on Sunday, police have said.
The Taliban launched a series of co-ordinated attacks in the Afghan capital in what they called the start of a "spring offensive".
The strike was part of a series of attacks on Western embassies, Nato bases and the parliament building.
A spokesman for police in the city said all militants were killed.
Kabul police chief's spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai said: "The latest information we have about the Afghan parliament area is that the attack is over now and the only insurgent who was resisting has been killed."
Reports said fighting subsided this morning after Afghan forces repeatedly fired rocket-propelled grenades into a building in the centre of Kabul where insurgents began the attack.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said all staff at the British embassy escaped unharmed and there had been limited damage to British properties.
Lt Col Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said the US and German embassies, as well as coalition and Afghan government buildings, took direct and indirect fire.
A Taliban spokesman said the attacks were a message to Afghan and foreign forces, warning the insurgents remain strong and resilient.
Mr Hague paid tribute to the Afghan security forces on Sunday - who are now in full control of the city - for their response to the attacks.
"The Afghan National Security Forces responded to the attacks bravely, promptly and effectively, once again illustrating the significant progress that has been made in ensuring that Afghans can look after their own security," he said.
"Britain stands with the government and people of Afghanistan as they work to build a peaceful future."
The attacks may prompt fears that the Taliban will intensify its campaign in the run-up to the planned withdrawal of British troops by the end of 2014.
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what do you think?
Glad the Afgan police killed them shows tgey can look after tgere people
All insurgents killed. What even the ones in the police force? My guess is that they've done what they always do and thats melt away into the populace and live to fight another day the alliance will never learn.We must all dread the day when the fight comes to mainland Britain as it surely will.
It's quite easy for them to do what they do in simple countries that have peasantry and lttle infrastructure. Somewhere a wannabe king wants a throne. They will never succeed any where else. They thought that if the Soviets could fall then we must too! They just add a little to an unstable world. If people feel real hope the talibs just fade away.
just can not understand why the taliban fight like cowards....if there god is on there side , then why dont they pick an venue and ALL show up for one last stand as others have done in history .......deep down they all know how it will all end , as many people from there own country DONT want them anyway and will like to see the end of them so they can rebuild there lives & country.....
'He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day' - which, as we've seen over the years, has been the mantra of the Taliban. Who knows just how many took part, nobody does. When the fight was lost any remaining fighters slipped away into the Afghan hinterland - they don't wear uniforms or other identifiable garb, and are now far away from the scene. It's a war without end and, as with every conflict it won't be resolved unless there's dialogue with all involved, no matter how distasteful that may seem.
A senior British army officer speaking on the radio last year described the Taliban as " The best fighting soldiers in the world, and if they had air cover like we do, then we would be stuffed".
The advantage they have is we cannot identify them, if a Taliban puts his gun down he would look like any old goat herder. The forces have a tough job knowing who they can and cant put a bullet into.
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