Kunduz: Kunduz Recaptured?

Published: October 1, 2015

Kunduz: Kunduz Recaptured?, Afghan troops recaptured central Kunduz, including key government buildings, from the Taliban on Thursday, but heavy fighting continued in other parts of the northern provincial capital, officials and residents said.

Afghan security officials said most of the city center had been cleared of militants during an overnight operation, four days after they had seized most of the city. Troops swept through buildings in search of insurgents and improvised bombs.

Clashes continued elsewhere, with heavy fighting in the west of the city and on its outskirts.

“It’s easy to start a fight but it takes a while to end it,” said Afghan Army Gen. Murad Ali Murad, who is commanding government troops in Kunduz. “The clearing operation will take a while.”

The Afghan army also pressed its counteroffensive in Kunduz province, retaking the districts of Imam Sahib and Chardara, which had fallen to the Taliban on Wednesday, according to Afghan officials.

About 1,000 troops led by Afghan army elite special-operations forces had advanced on Kunduz city from the government-held airport before dawn and chased the Taliban from the city, said a senior Afghan security official.

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