The insurgent attack against the US embassy and other key buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan, ended early on Wednesday. It lasted almost 20 hours.
US officials are now downplaying the attack's impact. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said it wasn't an assault but more like harassment. Another US official put the total death toll at 27. He said the number included Afghan policemen, civilians, and the attackers themselves.
But even if no Americans were killed, the attack's brazen nature has stunned many in Kabul. Candace Rondeaux is the International Crisis Group's senior analyst based in Kabul. She was inside the building when the attack on the American embassy started