Afghanistan War: Taliban City Captures Kunduz ; The Taliban have captured a key northern Afghan town of Kunduz, one of the largest in the country, after heavy fighting with government forces.
A local official told the BBC everything except the city’s airport had fallen into the hands of the military. The group’s flag appeared to be hoisted in the city center.
Riots of shops and shops have been reported.
Four capitals have now fallen on the Taliban since Friday. Kunduz their most important advantage this year.
- Activists fought again in another northern city, Sar-e-Pul, which was captured within hours of Kunduz. Afghan officials insist that their troops still live in fallen cities, and fighting continues.
- Violence has escalated throughout Afghanistan after the US and other foreign troops began withdrawing troops from the country, following 20 years of military service.
Taliban troops have made rapid progress in recent weeks. Having taken over large rural areas, they have now pointed to larger cities and larger cities.
- There are also heavy fighting in Herat in the west, and in the southern towns of Kandahar and Lashkar Gah.
Including infants and young children
Thousands of civilians have fled their homes during the fighting this year. Families, including infants and young children, took refuge at a school in the northeast of Asadabad.
- “Many bombs were planted in our village. The Taliban came and destroyed everything. We were helpless and had to leave our homes. Our children and ourselves were lying on the ground in horrible conditions,” Gul Naaz told AFP.
- “During the shooting, one of my seven-year-old daughters came out of the war and disappeared. I don’t know if she is alive or dead,” said one homeless resident.
Air strikes in the Taliban
The United States has intensified its air strikes in the Taliban, with Afghan military officials saying troops have been killed. But the Taliban say air strikes have hit two hospitals and a school in the town of Lashkar Gah. No claim has been independently verified.
- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan has condemned the “new, violent Taliban insurgency by Afghan cities”, saying the group’s action “forcibly coercing its regime is unacceptable”.
- “They are showing disregard for the welfare and rights of citizens and will only aggravate the problem of the country,” the statement said.
The Importance of Kunduz
Kunduz’s abduction has been a major boost for the Taliban since they launched their offensive in May. The city is considered a gateway to the northern provinces of the country. And our location makes it strategically important as there are highways connecting Kunduz with other major cities, including the capital Kabul, and the province shares a border with Tajikistan.
- That border is used to smuggle Afghan opium and heroin into Central Asia, and then to make its way to Europe. Controlling Kunduz means controlling one of the most important drug trafficking routes in the region.
significance for the Taliban
It also has symbolic significance for the Taliban because it was a major northern center before 2001. The army captured the city in 2015 and in 2016 but never managed to capture it for long.