Kabul: The Security Façade

The international community is reeling from a dawn attack on a guest house in central Kabul that left at least five foreign United Nations workers dead and nine wounded. It was the deadliest assault on UN personnel in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.  The United States Embassy condemned the attack, saying it left them ‘shocked and saddened.’

            It goes without saying that the death of so many well-intentioned internationals is sad – even tragic. But no one should be shocked by what happened this morning. The Taliban said it would target anyone working on the run-off elections for the Afghan Presidency next week.  Warning’s aside, it has been clear for some time that Kabul’s security is abysmal. Continue reading