Continued photo coverage of life and war in Afghanistan.
June 29, 2011Foreign soldiers leave the Intercontinental Hotel at the end of a military operation against Taliban militants who had stormed the building in Kabul. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the hotel, sparking a five-hour battle with Afghan comandos backed by a NATO helicopter gunship. The assault left at least 11 civilians dead.Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
American diplomats expressed guarded hopes Tuesday for the upcoming transition, but said that the country’s uncertain security situation could have a major impact on where, whether and how fast the transition can be carried out.