TALIBAN are still a major force to deal with and are still murdering people.
An Afghan special forces soldier reacts from wounds received during a firefight with Taliban militants at the Spozhmai Hotel on the outskirts of Kabul.
A half-eaten birthday cake is pictured at the Spozhmai Hotel.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Heavily armed Taliban insurgents killed 18 people — most of them civilians — in an attack Friday on a lakeside hotel just north of Kabul, Afghan officials said
Insurgents first killed the security guards at the hotel, then stormed inside it and began firing at guests who were dining. Some of the guests escaped while others were held hostage as the attackers battled Afghan security forces who rushed to the scene for the next 12 hours. Kabul police said all five attackers had been shot and killed by midday Friday
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