Afghan Tal­iban ad­mit Kun­duz with­drawal

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Afghan Tal­iban say that they have with­drawn from the strate­gic city of Kun­duz af­ter hav­ing “achieved their ob­jec­tives”.

The Tal­iban over­ran the city last month and con­trolled it for three days, be­fore be­ing pushed out of key ar­eas.

The of­fen­sive was the first time the Tal­iban had taken a city since be­ing ousted from power in 2001.

Also on Tues­day, a rocket al­legedly launched by the Tal­iban killed two peo­ple in south­ern Ghazni province.

The Tal­iban cap­tured Kun­duz on 28 Septem­ber in an of­fen­sive that took Afghan gov­ern­ment forces by sur­prise.

In the fol­low­ing Afghan of­fi­cials said they re­took con­trol of key ar­eas of the city with the aid of air strikes by US forces.

On 3 Oc­to­ber a US airstrike on a Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (MSF) hos­pi­tal in the city killed at least 22 staff and pa­tients. Fight­ing in Kun­duz has largely been con­fined to the out­skirts of the city in re­cent days.

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