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Department
Forensics
Course Code
FORS5315
Professor
Richard Burgess

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Audra Hampsch
3 November 2013
Synopsis:
In January of 2008, a Kabul Serena hotel in Afghanistan—“an oasis of luxury in a war-ravaged
city,” and also temporary home to foreign journalist, diplomats, and the like—was attacked by
the Taliban with the use of bombs and guns. Seven people were killed, mostly security guards.
However, among the dead were Norwegian journalist and one U.S. citizen. One Taliban
spokesman stepped forward after the attack to take the blame. He announced that there had been
one suicide bomber and three gunmen who each escaped afterwards. A medic who arrived on the
scene afterwards reported two suicide bombers, one on the roof and the other in the courtyard, as
well as several gunmen, some who escaped and one who was killed in the lobby of the hotel.
Response:
In response to the attack, because so many international officials were victimized, many other
nations reached out against the Taliban. Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden all supported
the victims, including Norwegian journalist. To me, attacks like these occurred in Afghanistan
and Pakistan frequently during the Talibans control. I wonder what other events spurred the
inclusion of other nations, and why this event led to a great amount of support.
Questions:
1. What was the motive of the Taliban?
2. Who were they specifically targeting?
3. Was there any justice for the victims?

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Audra Hampsch 3 November 2013 Synopsis: In January of 2008, a Kabul Serena hotel in Afghanistan—“an oasis of luxury in a war­ravaged  city,” and also temporary home to foreign journalist, diplomats, and the like—was attacked by  the Taliban with the use of bombs and guns. Seven people were killed, mostly security guards.  However, among the dead were Norwegian journalist and one U.S. citizen. One Taliban  spokesman stepped forward after the attack to take the blame. He announced that there had been  one suicide bomber and three gunmen who each escaped afterwards. A medic who arrived on the  scene afterwards reported two suicide bombers, one on the roof and the other in the courtyard, as  well 
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