Poor Mojo’s Newswire: The Siege of September 13: The Kabul Embassy Attack

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The Siege of September 13: The Kabul Attack

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Around an hour earlier, Howell was at lunch, four to the east, on the outskirts of Kabul, a Toyota Town Ace van had threaded its way the backstreets of Utkhel, a rough infamous for its thieves and petty American forces sometimes the area, searching for insurgents. The driver joined the flow of taxis, cargo trucks, and SUVs that were westward on the Jalalabad road the center of town.

Next to the driver was a young passenger, bearded and in local In the back of the van were four at least three of whom clad in powder blue the head-to-toe cloaks worn in by traditional Afghan women. One of the figures lay between the seats, as if ill or in

The van’s driver seemed to his route well. As he headed approaching the diplomatic quarter, he avoided the big intersections guarded by police checkpoints, cutting the side streets of Microrayon, a of apartment blocks built by the Union during its ill-fated in the country. There were a of checkpoints that couldn’t be but at each of them, the policemen, a perfunctory glance at the passengers in waved the van through.

In Afghanistan’s conservative culture, it be a serious breach of social for a man to inspect too closely a woman who his relative, particularly a woman modestly covered herself up a burka. Women in burkas therefore glide through unseen. If on some premonition a officer had commanded any one of the van’s passengers to lift up the veil, he have gotten a nasty All of them were bearded

Underneath their burkas, were dressed in shalwar the traditional local garb of trousers and knee-length tunics. In the van them, they had olive rucksacks stuffed with grenades, juice packs, and energy bars. They Kalashnikov assault rifles, launchers, and belt-fed machine

Beneath the figure who lay between the was the massive tube of an eighty-two-millimeter rifle, a portable antitank that could fire rounds at targets over a mile away.

The van itself was packed with and rigged to a remote-controlled detonator.

in (K)ulture. Posted by Mojo on 7, 2012 11:04 PM | Permalink

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