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Afghan forces battle to retake Kunduz city from Taliban

Afghan forces battle to retake Kunduz city from Taliban

A Taliban fighter sits on a motorcycle sporting a Taliban flag a day after the insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz, on September 29, 2015

Afghan troops backed by US air support launched a counter-offensive Tuesday to retake Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001. Insurgents advanced late evening on the outlying airport, where government forces retreated after the fall, with heavy fighting erupting near the premises as army reinforcements trickled into the city. The Taliban had captured government buildings and freed hundreds of prisoners on Monday, raising their trademark white flag throughout the city.

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