June 29th, 2011
08:42 AM ET

U.S. drone and copter, coalition snipers helped Afghans

An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flew over Kabul's Hotel Inter-Continental during an attack which left at least 10 people dead. Learn more about the attack the Taliban is taking credit for. The hotel is popular with Westerners, journalists and politicians.

The drone provided critical video of the attackers as the situation unfolded, two coalition military officials said Wednesday.

Information from the drone helped Afghan and coalition forces plan and conduct counter strikes after the attack, the officials said. Also, a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter fired on up to six insurgents on the hotel roof, the officials said. The helicopter carried snipers from the the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The snipers were not with the U.S. military, but ISAF declined to specify their nationality because the snipers are special forces and their country views their identity a sensitive matter.

Watch a witness describe what it was like to be in the middle of the attack

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    if i got a drone and strapped it to my camaros roof could it fly?

    June 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

      He we go again. Another stupid Tea Partier with nothing on his mind posting his nonsense under my name. I guess that the right-wing media is going to glorify the NATO here, too. It never ends!!!

      June 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Only if you were Newt Gingrich or perhaps by a further strech of imagination if you happen to be Sarah Palin.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gottawonder

    Enough already! From both sides! It seems there can't be any news story today without the Left attacking the Right and the Right attacking the Left. Both sides also feel that name calling is the way to get their points across. Here's an idea I thought of...why not read a news story and then leave comments that pertain to the story without trashing either the Left or the Right...Think we can do it until Monday? (My gut says no, but anything is possible) 🙂

    June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ Gottawonder
    thanks for firing this much neede salvo. I did get carried away though I worry to the point of being a pessimist, over where this country is headed if you ever read my posts on CNN blogs.

    There are indeed serious and vital issues facing our nation , wars, financial ruin & fiscal mess, a failed but rudderless foreign policy, control of the Military Industrial Complex , politicos subservient to foreign lobbies, special interest & profiteering corporation etc, etc.

    What more is needed to wake us up???

    June 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |