Taliban fighters claim to have captured the Afghan city of Kunduz. The terrorist group claims to have seized all of the city’s major buildings, thereby driving out the Afghan army. International news agencies reported this on Sunday morning based on local authorities.
A fierce battle raged in central Kunduz on Sunday between the Taliban and the Afghan army, which bombed the terror group from the air. It is not known how many casualties there were. The Islamic extremists nevertheless seem to have conquered the crucial city.
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Images of Taliban fighters marching through the center of Kunduz have been shown on social media. With this they mark the advance in Afghanistan, the country where the military mission of the United States officially ends at the end of this month. Since the withdrawal of US forces in April, the Taliban has been advancing.
The armed forces have been rapidly gaining ground against the Afghan army in recent days. On Friday, the Taliban seized the provincial capital of Zaranj. The same happened on Saturday in the northern Sjeberghan. Fighting with the Afghan army is also taking place in the city of Sar-e Pol. Large parts of Afghanistan are now in the hands of the terrorist organization.
This weekend, the Dutch embassy in Kabul called on compatriots to leave the country as soon as possible due to the security situation. The terrorist organization killed an Afghan government communications officer on Friday. On Saturday, the Taliban attempted an attack on the interim defense minister.
The civil war may lead to the fall of the Afghan government. The Taliban held political power in the West Asian country between 1996 and 2001. After a military intervention led by the United States, in which the Netherlands also participated, the terrorist movement was driven out and lost administrative control.
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