Taliban's takeover of Kunduz

Afghan security forces struggle to oust the fighters after they overran the strategic northern city.

| War & Conflict, Politics, Asia, Afghanistan, Taliban

Kunduz, Afghanistan - Afghanistan has mobilised military reinforcements to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban fighters overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being toppled from power in 2001.

The US carried out two air strikes near Kunduz city on Tuesday in support of the government, and continued the assault on Wednesday.

The Taliban attack began at dawn on Monday with the fighters capturing key buildings and freeing about 500 prisoners, including members of the Taliban.

The incursion came after two failed attempts this year to capture Kunduz city, which has been encircled by the fighters for about a year.

Related: NATO forces bolster Afghan troops in battle for Kunduz




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