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Afghan policemen inspect a damaged room of the Spozhmai hotel on Lake Qurgha where security officials say Taliban insurgents killed nearly two dozen people, most of them civilians, in an attack just north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June, 22, 2012. It was the latest in a string of attacks this week that suggest the insurgent group is pushing hard with its summer offensive rather than waiting for international forces to draw down. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Taliban attack Afghan hotel

Elite Afghan police backed by NATO forces ended a 12-hour siege on June 22 at a popular lakeside hotel outside Kabul, leaving at least 20 dead after Taliban gunmen stormed the lakeside building, bursting into a party and seizing dozens of hostages. (Reuters)