Monday, 16 April 2012 18:21
KABUL: Coordinated attacks by Taliban insurgents across Afghanistan showed intelligence failures, particularly on the part of NATO forces, President Hamid Karzai said Monday.
Afghan forces regained control of Kabul Monday after an 18-hour assault mounted by Taliban militants, some disguised as women in burqas, in the biggest attack on the capital in a decade of war.
"The terrorists' infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be seriously investigated," Karzai said in a statement.
The president praised the "bravery and sacrifice of the security forces who quickly and timely reacted to contain the terrorists".
"Afghan security forces proved to the people that they can defend their country successfully," he said.
The attacks in Kabul and neighbouring provinces on Sunday and overnight killed 11 members of the security forces and four civilians and wounded 32 civilians and around 42 security personnel, Karzai said.
Thirty-six insurgents were also ...