Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kunduz Fight Update

The fighting in Kunduz province is continuing although the threat seems to have been diminished now that the ANA battalion under siege has been reinforced. The Afghan ground force commander and deputy interior minister were in Kunduz monitoring operations. The MoI says the United States conducted some air strikes to assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Wednesday; some news reports say no munitions were dropped. An ANA operation to relieve Imam Sahib district has been ongoing. Helicopters of the Afghan Air Force flew numerous resupply missions in support of the beleaguered ANA kandak. The Afghan MoI and MoD held a joint press conference to reassure the Afghan public on the Kunduz situation - a high-ranking American officer was conspicuously present - not sure what the intent there was nor how productive it is in convincing us the Afghans can handle security on their own.

"Afghan Troops Rush to Kunduz Amid Taliban Assault", The New York Times, April 28, 2015.

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