Kabul attack: Gunfire and blast rock American University

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    Kabul attack: Gunfire and blast rock American University
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    Gunfire and an explosion have been heard at the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say.

    Gunmen are believed to have attacked the building and special forces have been deployed.

    Student Ahmad Mukhtar told the BBC that he was 100m (320ft) away from the university's main entrance when he heard several shots and a big blast.

    The explosion created so much light that it momentarily lit up the surrounding area, he said.

    Then there were was more firing inside the campus. He added that he also heard students shouting.

    Another student told AFP news agency he was stuck inside his class with other students.

    "I heard explosions and gunfire is going on close by," he said by telephone.
     
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    This is very depressing.
     
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    A story I have been following closely.

    Not terribly surprising but a real tragedy nevertheless, not least because the American University is a highly regarded educational establishment.
     
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    Sad news.
    I won't even try to guess who might be behind the attack of an American University...
    (Irony of life that the word Taliban (in Pashto, طالبان) means "students").
     
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    Yes, ironic, indeed, that it does, but it was a movement of 'students' whose leaders (and here, I am thinking in particular of Mullah Omar) were actually considered to have been pretty much functionally illiterate.
     
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    Then the college didn't do its job for which it charges rather handsomely, or rather, grossly excessively...
     
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    Is that a serious post? Seriously?

    Sigh.

    Well, firstly, Mullah Omar and his Taliban followers did not study at the American University of Kabul, not least because the American University of Afghanistan (the American University of Kabul) was incorporated - that is, formally established - only in 2004, three years after the overthrow of Mullah Omar's regime.

    Secondly, to the extent that they - the Taliban ('talib,' meaning students) studied anything at all, and some of them did precious little study, they mainly studied the Koran at madrassas in places such as Quetta, in Pakistan.

    More to the point, the American University of Kabul enjoyed (enjoys) a very good reputation as an institution of higher learning. Much of the academic staff are well qualified internationals, and a considerable number of the student body are comprised of older, - sometimes working, that is, students in salaried employment - students who are interested in learning and are ambitious, highly intelligent, and exceedingly motivated.
     

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