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  1. Re: [alpha] (more) TrapWire on Kabul Hotel Attack
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  3. Released on 2012-08-09 18:00 GMT
  4. Email-ID 83256
  5. Date 2011-06-29 17:37:58
  6. From sean.noonan@stratfor.com
  7. To alpha@stratfor.com
  8. List-Name alpha@stratfor.com
  9. Just FYI, an AFP report citing witnesses said they came in civilian
  10. clothing--
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  12. Witness Sayed Hussain said he was inside the hotel compound when it
  13. started.
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  15. "I saw five to six men in civilian clothing armed with rifles who started
  16. shooting when they entered," he said, speaking close to the scene. "I lay
  17. down on the ground and soon after the police arrived."
  18.  
  19. He added that police and the attackers then exchanged fire for about 10 to
  20. 15 minutes before he heard a loud explosion.
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  22. Another man, who did not want to give his name, said he had been at the
  23. hotel intending to have dinner with friends when he heard gunshots and lay
  24. down in a muddy ditch to hide.
  25.  
  26. An Afghan guard was then shot nearby and fell on top of him, he said.
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  28. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ilEuzK3PcB08rAsvjJYKKfM9PI7Q?docId=CNG.6e145485d1197582aa5fe96d397320c0.791
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  30. On 6/29/11 9:27 AM, Fred Burton wrote:
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  32. Nothing to confirm or refute this initial claim. But new reporting
  33. suggests attackers arrived dressed as Afghan police. This is standard MO
  34. for Taliban...and many terror groups as you know. Only thing that
  35. everyone agrees on right now is that this thing was meticulously
  36. planned, and clearly well surveilled ahead of time. This hotel has
  37. multiple layers of defense -- including armed guards -- and still the
  38. bad guys got in. We don't have a single hotel in this country with even
  39. 10% of the security the Intercontinental had. When they decide to start
  40. targeting hotels here, it'll shooting fish in a barrel.
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  46. Stormed in force out of a vehicle after one perp detonated a vest at the
  47. gate (Mike, think this remains accurate?)
  48.  
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  50.  
  51. Sean Noonan
  52.  
  53. Tactical Analyst
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  55. Office: +1 512-279-9479
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  57. Mobile: +1 512-758-5967
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  59. Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
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  61. www.stratfor.com
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