Kabul Under Taliban Attack

PhotographerRafael Fabres
PrizeBronze in Press / War
Entry Description

Early in the morning on Tuesday 13th of September, 2011 a Taliban squad overtook a building under construction in the Green Zone in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan. From there, insurgents armed with RPG grenade launchers and machine guns opened fire on the U.S. Embassy. The fighting raged throughout the afternoon and into the next day, when special troops from mostly Afghan forces put an end to the 20-hour siege. The assault, occurring just days after the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, left seventeen civilians and six NATO soldiers injured and four police officers, four civilians, three coalition soldiers and all eleven insurgent attackers dead. It was one of the longest lasting and boldest Taliban offensives since the beginning of the occupation by U.S. forces in the country. In the face of the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2014, this alarming wake up call demonstrates Taliban resolve to win back power in Afghanistan.

About Photographer

Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1982. With a background in publicity, started to get involved deeply in photography in 2006, after two months documenting the north of India working for an NGO based in Kolkata. Graduated with a degree in Media Communications from the European University of Madrid, Spain in 2008; and went on to complete the photography program at EFTI School, Madrid in 2009. Currently working as a freelance photojournalist based in both Haiti and Spain as a stringer for Getty Images and Deutsche Presse Agentur. Recently spent two months in Afghanistan covering the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, among other stories. Clients include: Time, GEO Magazine, The Daily Beast, Wild Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Record, Media Planning Group and several NGO´s.â