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Taliban overruns most of Kunduz as Afghan military clings to strategic city’s airport – reports

RT | August 8, 2021

Taliban militants have captured another provincial capital, Sar-e Pul, and most of the fifth-largest city of Kunduz, according to local officials. Afghan special forces have been deployed in a bid to re-take the latter.

The militants seized all the key government buildings in the two cities overnight, pushing the government troops to military installations on their outskirts. The troops are currently clinging onto the airport in Kunduz, in the north of the country.

“Heavy clashes started yesterday afternoon. All government headquarters are in the control of the Taliban. Only the army base and the airport is with ANDSF [Afghan security forces] from where they are resisting the Taliban,” provincial lawmaker Amruddin Wali told Reuters.

Footage circulating online shows the militants roaming the city streets en masse, with the group’s flags hoisted on multiple military vehicles.

Kunduz’s market was destroyed in the fighting, with disturbing footage purporting to show the whole location on fire. It was not immediately clear how exactly the market was obliterated, with some reports suggesting it was targeted by American warplanes supporting the Afghan troops. On Saturday, the US military launched airstrikes against the Taliban in a bid to halt its offensive, sending in B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers and AC-130 Spectre gunships.

Although the Taliban claimed it was in full control of Kunduz, the government said it had re-deployed special forces units to the city and was trying to push back the militants. A short video released by Afghan military spokesperson Fawad Aman shows special forces troops advancing through the streets, firing at unseen adversaries.

The situation in the northwestern city of Sar-e Pul appears to be similar to that in Kunduz. Its key locations have been overrun by the militants, with government forces retreating to a military base on its fringes.

“Government headquarters, including the governor’s house, police command, and the National Directorate of Security compound, are captured by the Taliban,” Mohammad Noor Rahmani, a Sar-e Pul provincial council member, told Reuters.

Over the past few days, the Taliban has put the government troops under heavy pressure, apparently switching the focus of its offensive from rural areas to major cities. Two provincial capitals, Zaranj in the southwest and Sheberghan in the north, have already fallen into the hands of the militant group.

August 8, 2021 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | ,

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  1. “Taliban overruns most of Kunduz as Afghan military clings to strategic city’s airport – reports”

    So…..are WE supposed to worry that the Taliban are back in control in Afghanistan, after 20 years of war imposed on them by the Military Industrial Complex?
    I think that, having expelled the invaders, after 20 years of Chaos, would be a good thing. If the Puppet Government in Kabul are unable to govern in their own right, I’d say, let the Taliban have the place. They were the ones who drove out the USA armed forces.
    Let them govern.
    Vietnam seems to be doing ok since the USA was driven out, all those years ago. The USA had no right to be in Afghanistan(or Vietnam for that matter) in the first place.
    “Yankee go home” and sort out that MASSIVE National Debt $29,000,000,000,000 that all this lunacy has cost the American taxpayers………
    And, while you’re at it, start hanging a lot of American War Criminals……..

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 8, 2021 | Reply

  2. There’s an inevitability here…the Taliban, for good or bad, re-take control of their country in rural and urban settings…while US B-52s do their thing overhead in support of a “government” on life support, in its last gasps.

    I like your comment, Brian…what does each bombing run of one of those B-52s cost in terms of fuel, pilot and crew pay and eventual retirement benefits for decades, bomb materiel/loading and transport and replacement costs, wear and tear on the already old/obsolete B-52 8-engine monsters requiring more and more maintenance and spare-parts costs at their hangars and supply points, wear and tear on Yankee credibility in Afghanistan and around the world…? There are a lot of ‘monsters,” afoot and in the air, extending all the way back to the Pentagon and the paying-for-the-folly US taxpayers (of whom I am one, a criminal by association and enablement) and their legislative/executive “elite” leaders (sic)….

    What was that working definition of insanity?

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    Comment by roberthstiver | August 9, 2021 | Reply

    • “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting a different result”…..Albert Einstein

      The USA National Debt is now $29 TRILLION, and rising faster than a Saturn Rocket……..”Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away”…..BENJAMIN Netanyahu……

      The alarm bells are ringing loud and clear, but no one in the USA can hear them………???

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 9, 2021 | Reply


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