Rafael S.Fabrés (Madrid, Spain, in 1982) Graduated in Media Communications by the UEM in Spain, degree in Photography, at EFTI School, Madrid. Started to get involved deeply in photography in 2006, after two months in the north of India working for a NGO based in Kolkata. Became a freelance photographer in 2008. Currently based in Brazil as a stringer for Getty Images, Deutsche Presse Agentur and El Pais, after two years working in Haiti. Represented by Global Assignment - Getty Images. Clients: Der Spiegel, Time, El Pais, The Daily Beast, Wild Magazine, Rolling Stone, Aljazeera, Dagens Naeringsliv, GEO Magazine,The Record, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Mia Magazine. Awards: 2013- POYi Award of Excellece, News Picture Story Category. 2012- PX3 Bronze Award. Press-War Category. France. 2012- International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Professional-General News Category. 2012- Selected for the Eddie Adams XXV Workshop. 2012- Selected for the Final of the Prix ANI (Association Nationale des Iconographes).
Early in the morning on Tuesday 13th of September, 2011 a Taliban squad overtook a building under construction in the Green Zone in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan. From there, insurgents armed with RPG grenade launchers and machine guns opened fire on the U.S. Embassy.
The fighting raged throughout the afternoon and into the next day, when special troops from mostly Afghan forces put an end to the 20-hour siege.
The assault, occurring just days after the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, left seventeen civilians and six NATO soldiers injured and four police officers, four civilians, three coalition soldiers and all eleven insurgent attackers dead.
It was one of the longest lasting and boldest Taliban offensives since the beginning of the occupation by U.S. forces in the country.
In the face of the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2014, this alarming wake up call demonstrates Taliban resolve to win back power in Afghanistan.