Afghan Forces Struggle to Retake Kunduz City from Taliban

Taliban insurgents who seized the Afghan city of Kunduz have defied a counter-offensive and advanced on the airport where government forces retreated after the fall of the strategic northern gateway.

Heavy fighting erupted near the airport on the city’s outskirts as the insurgents closed in late Tuesday, highlighting the potent challenge the militants represent after their lightning capture of Kunduz the previous day. The Afghan army was supposed to be bolstered by reinforcements for the campaign to retake the city, but attacks on convoys making their way to the city meant that backup troops were only trickling in.

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“The Taliban have laid landmines and booby traps around Kunduz, slowing the movement of convoys of Afghan army reinforcements driving to the city,” a security official told AFP.

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