Afghan troops struggle to retake Kunduz from Taliban
Sept.30, Kabul: Afghan troops backed by U.S. forces struggled to recapture Kunduz city, one day after the government launched a counter-attack to reclaim the city from the Taliban.
The Taliban held on to the city against an aggressive counteroffensive in which at least 17 Afghan troops and an unknown number of civilians were killed, Afghan officials said.
Two US air strikes on Tuesday halted an attempt by insurgents to seize the airport, the army's stronghold.The strikes killed the Taliban leader in the province and his deputy, but the Taliban has denied this, Afghanistan's spy agency said.
The capture of Kunduz represents the militants' biggest victory since 2001.
The Oslo Times