- Title: Taliban fighters enter northern Afghan city of Kunduz
- Date: 3rd October 2016
- Summary: KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 3, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) CONVOY OF AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES LEAVING KUNDUZ AIRPORT DRIVING TOWARD THE CITY TO FIGHT TALIBAN MORE OF CONVOY OF AFGHAN FORCES LEAVING AIRPORT CLOSED SHOPS IN CITY LOCKS ON SHOPS SHUTTERS CLOSED SHOPS WITH EMPTY BAZAAR (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) GOVERNOR OF KUNDUZ, ASADULLAH OMARKHAIL, SAYING: "The enemies want to take revenge on us but they are going in a wrong path and their aim is illegal. They will not win, they have already been shamed and will be shamed once again." AFGHAN SECURITY PERSONNEL GUARDING THE CITY VEHICLES CARRYING WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN ESCAPING FIGHTING AFGHAN GIRLS WALKING WITH THEIR ANIMAL AT ROADSIDE (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) RESIDENT OF KUNDUZ, AHMAD NABI, SAYING: "We are concerned about this situation in Kunduz. The government must do something to change the situation and push back the Taliban from the city." VEHICLE CARRYING WOMEN AND CHILDREN ESCAPING FIGHTING AN AFGHAN WOMAN WITH BURQA WALKING ON THE CITY SECURITY PERSONNEL ON GUARD EMPTY CITY SQUARE WITH AFGHAN FLAG ON BUILDING
- Embargoed: 18th October 2016 14:49
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kunduz Taliban fight
- Location: KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA00152GBGHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3
Taliban fighters entered the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday (October 3) almost exactly a year after they briefly seized it in their biggest success of the 15-year war, while heavy fighting in the south underscored the country's deteriorating security.
Sheer Ali Kamawal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz, said the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT Sunday) and fighting was going on in and around the city. Some Taliban fighters had entrenched themselves in homes.
The fighters appear to have slipped through a defensive security line set up around Kunduz, entering the city itself from four directions before clashes broke out, witnesses in the city said.
In Kabul, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, spokesman for Afghanistan's NATO-led force, said it was ready to provide support if needed.
Government forces, fighting with limited NATO-force support following the end of the main international combat mission in 2014, are estimated to have control over at most two-thirds of the country.
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