It is not enough for the Taliban that the U.S. is getting out of Afghanistan and abandoning vast amounts of equipment as it goes. The departure must be made deadly and humiliating. So as Rahim Faiez of AP reports:

Suicide attackers set up a car bomb and battled security forces outside Afghanistan's presidential palace Tuesday after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul palace attack, which came as reporters were gathering for a news event on Afghan youth at which President Hamid Karzai was expected to talk about ongoing efforts to open peace talks with the militant group.

The palace is in a large fortified area of downtown Kabul that also includes the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters for the NATO-led coalition forces. Access is heavily restricted.

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