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Afghan forces retake Kunduz from Taliban
Published :Friday, 2 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

KABUL, Oct 1 : Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, officials said, but gunfights were ongoing 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 the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by NATO special forces and US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting.
But on Thursday troops managed to reach the centre of Kunduz after an overnight counteroffensive. Residents told AFP that the streets were littered with Taliban bodies and that gun battles are still echoing in parts of the city.
"(Afghan) special forces now control Kunduz City, it is retaken and being cleared (of) terrorists," interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter, adding that the insurgents had suffered heavy casualties. Deputy Interior Minister Ayoub Salangi said the city had been recaptured after a "special operation" overnight.     ?AFP









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