In one of the worst and most brazen attacks Afghanistan has seen in recent times, the Taliban raided capital city Kabul, in a gunbattle that lasted 18 hours. Security forces were able to quell the onslaught, but not before 36 militants, 8 police officers and 7 civilians lost their lives.
An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch near the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) as a NATO helicopter flies over the site of an attack in Jalalabad province April 15, 2012. Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west, witnesses and officials said. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the boldest on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.