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Afghan Forces Clear Taliban From Kunduz City Amid Sporadic Clashes

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2016)

14469548_1094674117290751_2276036740370866076_nAfghan security forces have pushed Taliban militants back from the main square in the city but sporadic clashes continues at the outskirt of the City into a second day.

Security officials on Tuesday said that currently Taliban militants are fighting with Afghan forces in south, west and southwestern part of northern Kunduz province to show their strength to the international community at the eve of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said offensive operation continues while gunmen were hiding out in residential homes, making progress slow and difficult.

“First, second and third district are cleared and we have moved Taliban out of the other parts of the city,” Sediqqi added.

Taliban fighters launched an assault on Kunduz early on Monday, about a year after briefly capturing the city.

Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said commando forces launched clearance operation last night and the fighting was ongoing now in the outskirts of Kunduz.

Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a military expert said Taliban have changed their war tactic. They made Afghan forces to focus on Char Dara and Dasht-e Archi district, but suddenly they attacked Kunduz and captured the main City center briefly.

Security officials claim they will make Kunduz a hell for the Taliban, but local official said the city has become a battlefield .

Experts says that Taliban assault came ahead of an international donor conference starting in Brussels later on October 4th and 5th, where Afghanistan’s international partners will discuss aid to the country.

Reported by: Bais Hayat

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