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June 28th, 2011

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Bomb explosion and gunfire reported at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel.

  • Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Afghan and Western officials were supposedly holding security talks at the site before the explosion.
  • Reports allege a wedding party was also being held at the hotel on Tuesday evening when gunfire broke out after the blast.
  • Roughly 10 people had reportedly been killed and “a number of” policemen had been wounded from the attack by the six bombers.
  • The increase in violence comes as NATO-led forces prepare to hand security responsibility to Afghans in seven areas from next month at the start of a gradual transition process that will end with all foreign troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Original sources: AP; Reuters; CNN; The New York Times; Al Jazeera; CBS News; France 24.

Analysts available for comment:

Richard Barrett is a coordinator at the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Implementation Monitoring Team, also known as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council.

CONTACT: richard.barrett@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

Olivier Guillard is the Asia Research Director for the Paris-based thinktank IRIS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques). Guillard is also a partner in a consulting firm (Crisis Consulting www.crisis.fr, since 202) since 2002, and Director of information, in charge with country risk assessments and crisis management in Asia, for several of the largest French firms.

CONTACT: olivier.guillard@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, French

Gilles Kepel is professor and chair of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), where he heads the programs on the Arab and Muslim World, at the Ph.D., M.A. and undergraduate levels – the later in Menton (French Riviera).

CONTACT: gilles.kepel@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, French, Italian, Arabic

Metsa Rahimi is a security intelligence analyst at Janusian Security Risk Management. Her role involves political and security intelligence gathering and analysis, both in support of Janusian security operations and directly for clients around the world.

CONTACT: metsa.rahimi@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Reza Aslan is a Middle East analyst for CBS News, and a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy.

CONTACT: reza.aslan@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English, Arabic

Qamar-ul Huda is a scholar of Islamic studies and Comparative Religion, and is the Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program at the United States Institute of Peace.

CONTACT: qamar-ul.huda@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English, Arabic

Ziba Mir-Hosseini is an independent consultant, researcher and writer on Middle Eastern issues, specialising in gender, family relations, Islam, law and development.

CONTACT: ziba.mir-hosseini@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English, Arabic

Tim Pippard is the US based Jane’s Strategic Advisory Services Associate. Pippard provides defense and intelligence agencies worldwide with security, risk and terrorism threat assessments, and specializes in examining current trends in global terrorism, including shifts in the tactics, techniques and procedures of international terrorist groups.

CONTACT: tim.pippard@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

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