Afghan Taliban assault in Kabul secure zone

Afghan security forces have put down Tuesday a militant gun and bomb attack near the presidential palace, in one of the most secure areas of Kabul, the BBC reports. Officials say four insurgents and three security guards died. The Taliban say they carried out the attack. President Hamid Karzai was in the palace, but the target appears to have been the nearby Ariana hotel, which houses a CIA station. This is the latest in a string of attacks on Kabul in recent months. President Karzai raised strong objections to the Taliban office, saying the flag and nameplate initially erected at the building showed they were trying to portray themselves as a government-in-exile.

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