Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a stinging blow to the country’s NATO-trained military.
The fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlights the stubborn insurgency’s potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country.
Afghan forces, hindered by a slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by limited U.S. air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting.
But on Thursday Afghan forces managed to reach the centre of Kunduz where the streets were littered with Taliban bodies, Kunduz residents told AFP, adding that fighting was still ongoing in parts of the city.
“(Afghan) special forces now control Kunduz City, it is retaken and being cleared (of) terrorists, heavy caU.S.ality to the enemy,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter
Map showing Kunduz where Afghan forces have retaken the city from the Taliban after fierce fighting Thursday, according to government officials. afp
Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said the city had been recaptured after a “special operation” overnight.