Kabul Under Siege

Very harrowing story of new terror-related attacks on Kabul via Newsweek.

Key quote:

A sense of life under siege is spreading across the city. The main street past the Indian Embassy and another major thoroughfare beside the Foreign Ministry are closed to traffic until further notice, just like the road that runs in front of the U.S. Embassy and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters. Other streets that remain legally open are all but impassable because of the huge concrete blast walls that are planted outside potential terrorist targets. Private cops are posted at street entrances in some upper-class residential neighborhoods to check the identities of all visitors, and homes and businesses are protected by security guards, sandbagged fighting positions, concertina wire and floodlights. “Kabul is being transformed into a Baghdad-like Green Zone,” says human-rights activist Ahmed Nadery. “It’s not a pretty picture.”

Photo of Kabul hillside from poster Zedwards on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

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