In a very serious blow to Afghan security forces, the Taliban succeeded in the last two days in taking the major northern city of Kunduz, which sits at the crossroads of access to other cities and provinces in the North.
The fall of Konduz is emblematic of the situation in many parts of the country, where the Taliban continue to expand their control of the countryside.
Joseph Goldstein and Mijib Mashalsept, “Afghan Crisis Grows as Push to Retake Kunduz from Taliban Fails,” New York Times, September 29, 2015.
Gordon Lubold, Margherita Stancati, and Habib Khan Totakhil, “Taliban Offensive in Afghanistan Tests U.S.; Surge by militants adds fuel to arguments that Obama administration should rethink troop withdrawal,” Wall Street Journal, Updated September 29, 2015 (9:34 p.m. ET).
For earlier incidents and the questions they raised, see
“Afghanistan: Suicide Attack on Contractor DAI Compound in Kunduz / Selbstmord Anschlag auf US-Hilfsorganisation DAI,” The Trenchant Observer, July 3, 2010.
“Afghanistan–A Hint of Future Collapse? Hand-off to Afghan Forces, as Taliban Seize Control around Mazar-e-Sharif,” The Trenchant Observer, August 5, 2011.
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