Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Kunduz in Northern Afghanistan

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Afghan security forces started retaking parts of Kunduz from the Taliban one day after the key city had largely fallen in a major victory for the insurgents.

The Afghan city of Kunduz has fallen to into “the hand of enemies” according to Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said late Monday. Earlier on Monday insurgents seized the main roundabout in the city and advanced to the prison, where they freed more than 500 inmates.

About 10,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, most of whom are there to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces. The U.S. military carried out an airstrike in Kunduz province on Tuesday, but the future involvement of US troops in Afghanistan is uncertain.

U.S. aircraft supports Afghan troops battling to retake a key city that’s fallen to Taliban fighters. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

The Pentagon expressed confidence in Afghanistan’s ability to combat the Taliban, despite the “setback” in the strategically located city of Kunduz.

Taliban militants seized the city of Kunduz, Monday, following fierce fighting with units of the Afghan National Army. Armoured vehicles and Taliban fighters were seen massing outside the city walls amid the sound of small-arms fire. Scores of prisoners were seen fleeing detention after being freed by insurgents.

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