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[alpha] Trapwire on Kabul Hotel Attack

Released on 2012-08-09 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 83508
Date 2011-06-29 15:22:51
Two schools of thought on this at the moment:

1. Taliban expected the hotel to be full of westerners attending the
transition talks. The hotel is used by westerners, but not nearly as much
as the Serena Hotel downtown. The attackers allegedly communicated to
their Taliban planners during the operation that they were going
door-to-door and rounding up "many westerners." Whether or not this was
Taliban hype, they clearly wanted to give the impression they were
head-hunting foreigners.

2. The Taliban targeted the hotel due to fact that clan/tribal chiefs were
staying there ahead of the transition talks. (Which is true, there were
some in the hotel at the time of the attack). This could have been the
Taliban's attempt to send a mssg that they were still strong, and that no
decisions on the future of Afghanistan can occur without them. In other
words, a pure intimidation op.

Mike, Who do you think the target was? Thanks