Taliban attack in Kabul not spectacular: Pentagon
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 00:14
Washington: The latest Taliban attack on the US Embassy and the headquarters of the International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) in Kabul is not spectacular one, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, asserting that those behind this would not prevail.

"This was far from the so-called spectacular attack," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

Responding to questions about the firing from outside on the compounds of US Embassy and ISAF headquarters using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, Little said it seems to be a co-ordinated set of attacks.

"But walls have not been breached to my knowledge and there is a significant response from the Afghan ground forces and ISAF. The situation remains on going but has not resulted in the kind of destruction the insurgents probably expected," he said.

"We will not deter in Afghanistan. The insurgents would not prevail. Our resolve is unwavering. The transition remains on track. Our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and to building the capacity of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police and the other elements if the security forces remains steadfast," he said.

"There is absolutely no change in our commitment to the transition. Increasing the capacity of the Afghan security forces remains top priority for ISAF," he said, responding to a question.

Little said this fighting season had shown less effective insurgency.

"They are resulting to such kinds of attacks because they can’t more widespread offensives. That’s a tribute to the significant effort of the ISAF, American forces and our partner Afghans who have the fight in a very aggressive way to the insurgents and have suppressed their operations which otherwise could have been catastrophic," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 00:14

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