Afghanistan Update: Taliban Take Kunduz

Kunduz

Re-taking Kunduz, a former Taliban stronghold in northeastern Afghanistan, has been a strategic objective of the insurgents for a long time. The fall of the city counts as the biggest Taliban victory since 2001.

Via CNN:

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Afghan security forces started retaking parts of Kunduz from the Taliban, officials said, one day after the key city had largely fallen in a major victory for the insurgents.

“A big military operation to clear all Kunduz city is about to start,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said Tuesday.

U.S. forces joined in the military action, launching an airstrike in Kunduz on Tuesday, said Brian Tribus, spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The Kunduz prison, a police compound and the neighborhood of Zir Dawra are among the areas Afghan forces have secured, Sediqqi said.

A day earlier, Sediqqi said Kunduz had largely fallen into “the hand of enemies.” Kunduz is the largest city to be overrun by the Taliban since 2001.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, a spokesman for the Kunduz police chief, said Taliban insurgents seized the main roundabout in the city and made it to the prison, where they freed more than 500 inmates.

More info:
Battleground Kunduz: The city the Taliban seized
Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

UPDATES:
Coalition Forces Engage Insurgents In Combat Near Kunduz
U.S. Airstrikes Back Afghan Security Forces’ Efforts To Retake City From Taliban
Taliban emir seeks to reassure residents of Kunduz
Taliban Withdraws From Kunduz As Clashes Intensify

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on September 30, 2015 - 1:40 pm

    Long War Journal: US Special Forces engage Taliban in fighting at Kunduz airport

    Control of the airport is critical because the Taliban has cut off road access to Kunduz.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on October 1, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Afghan Troops Recapture Kunduz City Center, Officials Say

    The city of 300,000 (or less, because many residents are displaced) remains surrounded by Taliban-controlled territory.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on October 2, 2015 - 9:11 am

    Taliban overruns another district in Afghan north

    Wardoj is the latest district to fall to the Taliban since the provincial capital of Kunduz was overrun on Sept. 28. The Taliban has seized control of nine districts in five provinces.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on October 3, 2015 - 10:56 am

    At Least 19 Killed After Airstrike Hits Afghan Hospital

    KABUL, Oct 3 (Reuters) – An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, killing several people in what the U.S. military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents. At least 19 people died in the strike, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres, including 12 staff, four adult patients, and three children.

    Frantic MSF staff phoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington after the attack, and bombs continued to rain down near the medical facility for nearly an hour, one official from the aid group said.

    At least 37 people were wounded and many patients and staff still missing, it added.

    The U.S. military promised to investigate the incident, which could renew concerns over the use of its air power in the conflict.

    U.N. rights chief says Afghan bombing may be war crime

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on October 4, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again. And It’s Not Why You Think.

    Interview with Sarah Chayes.

    I’m afraid I don’t see how the U.S. can helpfully respond in Afghanistan, at this point. We had more than a decade, and we squandered a remarkable moment in history.

    At some point, U.S. government policymakers must have privately realized that the Taliban was bound to rule Afghanistan again after NATO left the country. And prolonging the war wasn’t going to change that.

    As I recall, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban’s former ambassador to Pakistan, explained the strategic situation back in 2001. The U.S. ignored him and locked him up in Guantanamo (he was released in 2005).

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on October 13, 2015 - 9:59 am

    Taliban Withdraws From Kunduz As Clashes Intensify

    Though the Taliban only controlled the city for three days, fighting between the militants and Afghan security forces continued for two weeks, driving tens of thousands of residents to seek safety in neighboring provinces.

    As government forces have slowly regained control in Kunduz, fighting has flared in Ghazni, a provincial city that lies south of Kabul on Highway One, the main link between the capital and the major southern city of Kandahar.

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