Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kunduz Fighting Update

Heavy fighting has been taking place in Kunduz province the past few days. Thousands of families are reported to be displaced due to the fighting in different districts of Kunduz. The fierce fighting delayed President Ghani's trip to India by at least a few hours. Ghani had a quick meeting with General Campbell (Resolute Support Commander) to discuss the deteriorating situation in Kunduz. The Afghan army has sent over 2,000 troops into the troubled province. Some reports describe the fighting as a major militant offensive with about 3,000 militants engaged in five districts. The provincial governor says that militants control up to 40 percent of the province. Some attacks are occurring in the provincial capital. The Afghan Local Police (ALP) in the area have taken some heavy casualties. Some analysts say the accelerated pace of fighting is due to an influx of foreign militants. (Tolo News, Apr 28, 2015). Read more in "Violence in Afghanistan Delays Ghani on Trip to India"The Diplomat, by Catherine Putz, April 28, 2015. See also "Taliban, Afghan forces battle for control of northern city"Thomson Reuters Foundation, April 28, 2015. See a report by Radio Free Europe,  April 28, 2015.

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