The visuals were frightening to say the least. In Kabul, terrorists attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, sending guests scurrying for shelter. Local reports put the number of dead at 22, which included several foreigners with no link whatsoever to the ongoing violence. The Taliban claimed the attack, even released names of the attackers, and showed a false morality in claiming that the attack was delayed by a day to avoid a crowded wedding reception.
In India, a truncated account of our own special forces “surgical strike” was finally made available to the general public after it was aired by a prominent TV channel.
The attack was carried out against terrorist launch pads lying just across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to a strike by a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide group against an Indian Army brigade headquarters at Uri on 18 September, 2016.The death toll would have been much worse had not the Afghan special forces come to the rescue. A 12-hour siege inside a 200 room hotel was no cakewalk. The Afghan unit had to literally walk through fire. These forces are Kabul’s deadliest riposte against the Taliban, the Haqqani Network and the Islamic State, among others.