1. Assault

    Afghan Forces Fight Off Taliban

    Afghan special forces hold their guns after a gun battle near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 16, 2012.  A brazen, 18-hour Taliban attack on the Afghan capital ended early Monday when insurgents who had holed up overnight in two buildings were overcome by heavy gunfire from Afghan-led forces and pre-dawn air assaults from U.S.-led coalition helicopters. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

    Ahmad Jamshid / AP Photo

    After 18 hours of gunfire in Kabul, Afghan-led forces and U.S. helicopters finally defeated a massive, coordinated Taliban assault. Authorities say at least 17 militants were killed in the attacks on embassies, government buildings, and NATO bases that began Sunday afternoon. Like the attack last September by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, the militants took over half-built buildings and fired on nearby embassies and bases.

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