Afghan-led forces end 18-hour Taliban attack
Militants attack Parliament and coalition targets
Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen barraged the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital and Parliament for hours on Sunday and struck at least three eastern provinces as well, in a complex attack clearly designed to undermine confidence in NATO and Afghan military gains. As night fell, there was still sporadic gunfire in the capital, and the police had cordoned off parts of the city. The airport was closed to traffic, underscoring that although the suicide bombers and gunmen were few in number, they could hold buildings for hours, disrupt normal life and terrify locals.