The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Death toll RISES in Taliban attack at Kabul restaurant” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/17/taliban-claim-deadlyattackatkabulrestaurantpopularwithdiplomats.html).
“TWENTY-ONE people, including TWO U.S. citizens, were killed Friday (January 17 2014) in a suicide bomb attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with FOREIGNERS and AFFLUENT Afghans”. These are exactly the people that the Taliban want to attack: “affluent (or RICH) Afghans” and “foreigners” who are PERCEIVED to be RICH.
“The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack outside the Lebanese restaurant Taverna” of course/AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this, LEBANON is a VERY WEAK democracy (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon). “The group has STEPPED UP a campaign of violence in recent months after foreign forces handed over control of security operations to Afghan authorities ahead of their full withdrawal by the end of 2014″. The Taliban and al-Qaeda intend to TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE of this “withdrawal”.
“The Taliban said the suicide attack was RETALIATION for an Afghan military operation earlier in the week in eastern Parwan province, which the group claimed killed many civilians”. “retaliation” = REVENGE = AN AMBASSADOR OF DOOM (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
“In an emailed statement to The Associated Press“, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “THE TARGET of the attack was a restaurant frequented by HIGH RANKING FOREIGNERS“. “He said the attack targeted a place “where the invaders used to dine with BOOZE and LIQUOR in the plenty“, reinforcing this notion that MONEY is a taboo topic for Muslims/Arabs.
“U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Saturday (January 18, 2014) condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the victims”.
“In a statement”, Cunningham said: “The U.S. Embassy STRONGLY CONDEMNS the terrorist attack in Kabul on January 17 (2014) against Afghans and (ESPECIALLY) THOSE WHO ARE HERE TO HELP THEM“.
“The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Afghanistan, three UNITED NATIONS staff and a member of the European Police Mission were among the dead. In all, those killed included 13 FOREIGNERS and eight Afghans” implying that the insurgents were going after FOREIGNERS. “Police say a suicide bomber and TWO gunmen were also killed in the attack”. Insurgents were targeting the head of the IMF because the Taliban and al-Qaeda see the IMF as a FOREIGN organization/group.
“Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir said the victims included two BRITONS, two CANADIANS, a Dane, a Russian, two Lebanese, a Somali-AMERICAN and a Pakistani. At least FOUR people were WOUNDED and about EIGHT Afghans, mostly the kitchen staff, survived”. We’re highlighting “British” and “Canadians” because these are the two most OUTSPOKEN ALLIES of the United States.
According to Ahmad Fawad, a cook at the restaurant, “We escaped to the neighbor’s house through the roof. There were around EIGHT or NINE of us, hiding ourselves there. All the guests who were eating dinner were killed including OUR MANAGER and THE OTHER COOK“. That’s BRUTAL.
“The attack took place in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies and restaurants catering to expatriates and was carried out around dinnertime in the heavily fortified district, where many WEALTHY Afghans also live”. Again the Taliban and al-Qaeda are targeting AFFLUENT people/people with MONEY.
Finally, “a U.N. spokesperson on Friday (January 17, 2014)”: “Such TARGETED attacks against civilians areCOMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE and are in FLAGRANT breach of INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW. THEY MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY“. Of course this WON’T happen. This is just like the US Ambassador to Afghanistan saying “The US Embassy in Kabul STRONGLY CONDEMNS the terrorist attack in Kabul…” which is just LIP SERVICE.
To conclude, this is NOT good/ALARMING as this is the the latest indication of a Taliban/al-Qaeda RESURGENCE.