Afghan forces ready to take Taliban in a counter-attack
Kunduz : Afghan forces arrived at Kunduz airport in preparation for a counter-attack on the embattled city, which was under seizure of Taliban since Monday and have planned an operation in the next few hours.
Militants captured buildings and freed hundreds from jail after carrying out a massive attack at Kunduz. The attacks made troops and officials retreat to the airport after militants. It is one of the most significant militant assaults in years and is piling pressure on President Ashraf Ghani’s unity government as Kunduz would be the first provincial capital taken by the Taliban since they lost power in the US-led invasion in 2001.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that fighters would make an advance on the airport too, but witnesses differed saying there were no signs of any such movement yet. There were few signs of fighting overnight and the city remained without power after the attacks. Medical facilities are flodded with more than 100 wounded people wounded, who got hurt in heavy fighting.
Kunduz is strategically and symbolically important as it is both a transport hub for the north of the country and the Taliban’s former northern stronghold, before their government was overthrown. The attack began at dawn on Monday as fighters fell upon the city from different directions. They captured key buildings and images posted on social media purported to show fighters hoisting Taliban flags across the city.