Afghan and US forces launch offensive to retake Kunduz from Taliban

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Afghan and US forces launch offensive to retake Kunduz from Taliban

<p>Afghan forces backed by US aircraft have launched a counter-offensive to retake the city of Kunduz.</p> <p>The provincial capital was overrun by Taliban fighters on Monday.</p> <p>Witnesses say the streets were littered with bodies <br /> as Taliban fighters screeched round the city in stolen vehicles.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Afghan forces mobilise for Kunduz counteroffensive; Scores of bodies litter city streets <a href="http://t.co/eIWvfzmPuM">http://t.co/eIWvfzmPuM</a> <a href="http://t.co/QJAOsxWTbS">pic.twitter.com/QJAOsxWTbS</a></p>— AJE News (@AJENews) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJENews/status/648745500192194560">September 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The group broke open the local jail and freed 500 inmates, many of them Taliban members.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vid shows the moment when Tālibān fighters raised their flag over the main square in the n- <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afghan?src=hash">#Afghan</a> city of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kunduz?src=hash">#Kunduz</a>. <a href="http://t.co/cy1586BOxL">pic.twitter.com/cy1586BOxL</a></p>— Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) <a href="https://twitter.com/sakirkhader/status/648524994025259008">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> Afghan troops retreated to the airport to regroup.</p> <p>The Taliban’s military success will pile pressure on President Ashraf Ghani.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pics show Tālibān fighters inside the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after they stormed the town today. <a href="http://t.co/0eTOe8zAMF">pic.twitter.com/0eTOe8zAMF</a></p>— Sakir Khader (@sakirkhader) <a href="https://twitter.com/sakirkhader/status/648503402654244865">September 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Kunduz is a key transport hub linking the north of the country and a former Taliban stronghold.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Taliban fighters drive a Red Cross vehicle a day after capturing city of Kunduz, Afghanistan <a href="http://t.co/doU2byOWrG">http://t.co/doU2byOWrG</a> <a href="http://t.co/Ag4yp4NkQu">pic.twitter.com/Ag4yp4NkQu</a></p>— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/648740782577348608">September 29, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>It is the first major city to fall into Taliban hands since the US-led invasion forced the Taliban from power in 2001.</p>