For more, the UK Forces Afghanistan blog regularly rounds up mainstream reporting. Afghanistan Analysis has a directory of Afghan blogs. See also the earlier post on Terry Glavin.
Added, Una Moore at UN Dispatch today, Kabul Attacks: The Taliban’s Slow Siege.
And at Foreign Policy magazine, Andrew Exum on What We Still Don’t Know About the Kabul Attacks. (Everything.)
One explosion close V close to Habiba High School. Local trader says
A bomb explodes near the HQ of Border police in Dehmazang area of Kabul - RT @Pressistan:
@bsarwary sorry, don't understand this tweet...
Two loud explosions between Dehmazang& Mohseni mosque took place. Two traffic officers tell me
Hearing from locals about explosion in Karte Cee. Also hearing could be close to Kabul Zoo& border police headquaters
PPS,Af Secret attack all over palace&sarrounding. Entire area blocked.
URGENT: 5 suicide bombers occupied the building in Abdul Haq square and fire desperately, Kabul Counter-Criminal Chief. RT @graveyarddiary
"Explosion right in front of my office in Karte Seh. All managers out of office. Praying for my staff" RT @Lkatzenberg
RT @ISAFmedia: Attack underway in area of ISAF HQ/US Embassy. Forces responding quickly. More details to follow.
General Ayub Police Chief of Kabul updated P Karzai who is chairing a National Security meeting.
Attack underway in area of ISAF HQ/US Embassy. Forces responding quickly. More details to follow.
Just now another big explosion in front of Muhsini Madrasah, in Karte Seh. RT @Orzala
I heard children were crying and after every explosion children shout
Further UH-60s patrolling now.
Now, UH-60 Black Hawks descended towards KAIA through Qala-e-Fatullah.
Taleban statement indicates that they have been targeting the NDS but were forced to attack the Embassy/ISAF because they were cornered.
I don't think many Afghans share same sense of optimism expressed by Afghan&International officials.
Burst gunshots starting back in Qala-e-Fatullah.
BBC News: BREAKING NEWS: Explosions and firing rock Kabul bit.ly/oZQ9gf
the rocket hit a school children bus in 13th street and wounded several. #Kabulattack
TOLO News showing graphic footage of wounded people and the scenery right now. Great videos.
LA Times: Pentagon to drastically cut spending on Afghan forces bit.ly/p6XUh2
Probably more than that. RT @LNajafizada: Attack is expected to last another hour - said a Kabul police official at the scene.
Attack is expected to last another hour - said a Kabul police official at the scene.
Hahaha RT @LNajafizada: A senior Kabul police official tells ToloNews that the attack is "not a problem" and the area is under control.
You could hit building with tanks,RPGS or call air support but none of that is going to help.We have to go&clear building 1by 1.C Terrorism
A senior Kabul police official tells ToloNews that the attack is "not a problem" and the area is under control.
Further gunshots happening in Qala-e-Fatullah right now.
People at the scene say most of the gunshots are of AK-47s, M4s. No details if ISAF is helping.
Reports of shots fired close to US embassy coming in now. RT @joelvanhoudt
NDS: Fighting intensified in last 3 minutes. We are not taking any chances with anything. We don't know what is inside building @bsarwary
ISAF and Afghan forces and shooting back at the insurgents
Time: Global Spin: For the US to leave Afghanistan, it has to be ready to stay bit.ly/qjlU8D
Wall Street Journal office is also close by. RT @HabibKhanT: another rocket landed next to our office #Kabulattack
Fighting has intensified in last three minutes again. We are not taking any chances with anything. We don't know what is inside building.NDS
another rocket landed next to our office #Kabulattack
BBC's @mrsommerville says Another rocket, perhaps the fourth, landed near us.
Also hearing sporadic gunshots in Qale Fatullah& Taymani. Have heard more than10 shots. Not sure what it is
Heavy gun fire
ISAF Not confirming though. RT @thomas_wiegold: "ISAF HQ is under attack" - AJE #Kabul english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011…
G Ayub PC of Kabul&other officers forced to back down after attackers fired at them. Sharp shooters inside the building. CID& C terrorism
Further gunshots in Qala-e-Fatullah & Taimani area heard. A bit away from DPA office.
just another explosion following with heavy gunshots. #kabulattack
Taliban shoot rocket to Us embasy
URGENT: Attackers communicating with North-Waziristan & Pakistan using cell phnes. Sources in the country's NS Council tells @bsarwary
Shokria barakzai's building which was illigal is used for attack
just heard two gunshots next to our office #Kabulattack
According to @LNajafizada gunfire is getting louder
Gunfire getting serious - hearing loud inside TOLO News studio. @Lnajafizada
Gunfire getting serious - hearing it loud in the studio.
Attackers are updating their bosses about attack&getting further instructions. An Afghan spook says
Gunshots heard close to our house in Qale Fatullah.
URGENT: Several gunshots heard in Qala-e-Fatullah right now. Just next to our office.
Heard a gunshot in Qala-e-Fatullah right now. Wondering whats going on in other parts of Kabul.
Reuters: Haqqani network behind Afghan truck blast: Pentagon bit.ly/n2l6GU
Taliban saying its early to say about number of attackers. But Mujahid did say that they are more than 10.
Attackers communicating with North- Waziristan& Pak using cell phones. Sources in the countries National Security Council tells me
I wonder how many rockets have hit their targets ie the US Embassy and/or ISAF HQ.
No explosion in the last 15 mins - gunfire still ongoing.
"White City" is the highest UN security level. When this is declared, all the normal operations are suspended, Bunker Down operation is done
Mini van carrying students from a private school was caught in fighting.Vehicle damaged. Don't know about casualties. Educ ministry sources
RT @mrsommerville: Rpg which landed near us may have been overshoots targeted at us embassy
Heavy gun-fighting still can be heard. UN declares "white city"
Fight is going on badly
Acting on tip from locals, ANSF & SOF found enemy heavy weapons cache, including anti-aircraft gun goo.gl/Do1As
The rockets have stopped (for now)..gunfire still being heard
Fighting Rocks Central Kabul - WSJ.com on.wsj.com/mOxiVE
URGENT: UN declares "White City" security level in Kabul right now.
TOLO News: a bus with students of a private school is hit #Kabulattack
ISAF says they cannot confirm if any RPGs landed inside the HQ ISAF.
The govt, it seems, had stopped construction of the building (which the attackers are using at Abdul Haq Square) because of legal issues.
Visited A Haq to eat at HFC.An hour latter area attacked.Very unpredictable city to live in,I guess yfrog.com/hwp0tfj
Offices of AFP, Xinhua, Tolo news, Reuters, AP, US Embassy, & several other landmark buildings are located in the attack area.
The Taleban have put a statement out claiming 'ownership' of the operation
for live updates watch TOLOnews and follow @LNajafizada
Another RPG in 13th street landed right now.
We didn't even have time to close our fast food shop. Suicide attacks targeted police& started firing&ran towards building. Restaurant owner
HQ ISAF, US Embassy the main targets of mortar attacks.
Four rockets have now landed near our operations - including one that landed on our street (and one which hit a building). No one hurt
10 small & big explosions took place so far. Counting more. Gunshots being heard at Qala-e-Fatullah too.
They also seem to be targeting the ISAF HQ. Attackers have positioned themselves on top of a construction site
Our office building was hit by an rocket - live coverage continues. Teams sent to the scene.
The new weapon Taliban claim they are using is a shoulder mounted recoilless weapon. Operated same way as an RPG.
Attackers firing at NDS, ISAF&US embassy. RPG landed in street 13 of Wazir Akbar Khan. MOD sources tell me
A van carrying schoolchildern was damaged in an explosion - no report on casualties yet. (RT @LNajafizada:)
The building hit belongs to Arokozia FM one of our radio stations..huge explosions. it seems a well planned attack on the US Embassy
A van carrying schoolchildern was damaged in an explosion - no report on casualties yet.
Insurgents say the attackers have heavy ammunition and weapons + suicide vests, RPGs, & RPD machine guns.
Gunfire getting fierce at the scene. Foreign and Afghan troops are fighting the insurgents.
It just so crazy. Another rocket landed a little far from me. Seems a huge attack.
Heard the 10th explosion. Gunshot ongoing.
All telephones and spokesmen are busy at this point. Reports of significant number of casualties coming in.
Tolo News: insurgents try to escape to the direction of the bridge of Mohammed Khan, next to Ministry of Defense
Attackers have enough RPGs&ammunition to fight for hours. We have heard 10 explosions until now. CID officers tell me
Taliban say all of the buildings they have attacked are of Government, US Embassy, Intelligence, and NGOs.
A rocket hits a Moby building - no one hurt. It seems that RPGs aimed at the US Embassy are hitting buildings around WAK.
Very load explosions
Building owned by a local MP's family. Gov had blocked its construction. Police&intel had asked owner to guard building 24/7. Intel
Just heard an explosion. Apparently of an RPG. Hearing gunshots also.
TOLO News: 'Police says: stay in the house and don't go out" #Kabul
TOLO News: 'lot of causalities n Kabul attack but nobody confirmed anything. Spox MOi is busy'
Taliban: we attack on intelligenc centers
RT @Pressistan: A mini bus caring school children was hit by the rocket fired by the attacker, 12th street of WAK, #kabul
URGENT: Taliban spoxman saying they are using a new weapon called 82. Its a heavy weapon is used like an RPG.
Attackers attacked several police locations around Charai Abdul Haq. Others were firing&ran towards the building. A friend in area told me
A big explosion just happend
Snipers have nested inside the tall building. Police advised people to avoid trespassing. RT @bsarwary
Sharp shooters among those who have taken over shop mall under constru. We have asked residents&shopkeepers to avoid movement. C Terrorism
URGENT: US Embassy has issued evacuation warning following the attacks. (via @ruthowen)
Kabul: Attackers are firing places around the area, NDS locations, government printing press and the roads around (@Pressistan )
We hid in a block now
A rocket hi a vehicle in 13th street just 20 yards away from me.
K Mayor, Police&intel had blocked construction work of this 13 story shopping mall,citing security reasons. Building above US,ISAF& P palace
Its a real war is going on now. Heavy explosion and firing every where
Attackers are firing at gov printing press, NDS location&anyone who is using the road. Resturant owner Charai Abdul Haq
Gunshots being heard in Qala-e-Fatullah area. I heard one blast also, of an RPG I suspect.
TOLO News based in Wazir Akbar Khan, have sent 2 media crews to the area.
Insurgents fired an RPG at the US embassay but landed in street 12 of Wazir Akbar Khan. Counter Terrorism
ANA in area. RRF have created check points around the area. At least three loud explosions heard. RPG&Heavy machine guns used. Taxi driver
The building where insurgents have climbed, is property of Shukrya Barakzai, a female parliamentarian.
ToloNews sent two crews to the scene. Watch ToloNews for updats.
RT @LNajafizada: Attackers fire rockets towards the US embassy.
Attackers fire rockets towards the US embassy.
A source inside a UN compound close to the shooting area says they heard 3 explosions. All UN staff are locked down inside compound.
Same big explosion happend and gun fire is going on
People in Wazir Akbar Khan say the insurgents have attacked WAK area. Probably US Embassy.
URGENT$$$: Unconfirmed reports say insurgents have climbed a high building and targeting the US Embassy with RPGs.
Fighters launch rocket attacks on WAK.
Panic in wazir akbar khan. Everybody is runing. Police are shouting on every car. #Kabulattack
Didn't see any extra security at Charahai A Haq or police - an hour ago, I went there. Area strategic as it leads to US embassy
Gun fire in abdulhaq squar
Loud explosion heard in WAK
Police source: Three suiciders exploded themselves. Other suiciders went into the shopping mall near abdul haq-square and started fighting.
Kabul NDS sources say, at least five attackers may have taken refuge in the building under construction in Charai Abdul Haq
Shooting around AbdulHaq square. a friend in UNOPS said its very close to them.
It's a few hundred meters from the US embassy.
Building several story high& over looks key government offices&several Westren embassies
@bsarwary near the Defense ministry maybe?
Three blasts in Abdul Haq square. Gunfire ongoing.
Attackers possibly more than two were hiding& at a shopping mall under construction right across from Charai Abdul Haq. Counter - terrorism
Explosion in Shahid Abdul Haq square of #kabul city
Bomb blast in Kabul
Hearing about a sucide attack in Chare Abdul Haq. I was there an hour ago visiting Halal Fried Chicken