Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has become more and more unstable in recent months as Taliban fighters launch attacks with deadly regularity.
The series of attacks seem to indicate that security is deteriorating and that the Taliban's capabilities to coordinate spectacular bombings have not been diminished in any significant way. This, just as U.S. President Barack Obama plans for a steep withdrawal of troops and a major handover of security operations to Afghan forces.
Here's a look at the largest attacks that have struck the capital so far this year.
JUNE 28 — The explosions and firing went on for hours, residents said. As of this writing, there was little clarity about the purpose or the final outcome of Tuesday night's attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel. Those living near the scene reported several loud explosions as late as 2:15 a.m., and several people described random and sporadic firing in other parts of the city as well.
At least six attackers had somehow made their way inside the Intercontinental, according to Afghans security officials. An hour after the attack began, at about 10 p.m. in Kabul, reports said that up to 10 people had died. The final count could be much higher as local residents say that the loud booms of rocket explosions could be heard, as well as the sound of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.
JUNE 18 — Just over a week ago, suicide bombers targeted a police station in central Kabul, killing at least nine. Police reportedly noticed one of the militants approaching the station and acting strange. So they shot him. A second militant then detonated his vest, killing three police officers, one intelligence agent and five civilians.