Believe it or not……Afghanistan is still there and still fighting rages……fierce fighting. I know the media does not seem to care but believe me there is more happening in Afghanistan than you can imagine…….
Did you know or were you told that the Northern city of Kunduz has fallen to the Taleban? No?
During their annual Spring Offensive, the Taliban set its sights on northern parts of Afghanistan, particularly centering on the Kunduz Province. The fighting continued throughout spring and summer, with Taliban forces seizing several districts. Today, they captured the city of Kunduz itself.
The Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed that defenses in the city had “collapsed” in the face of the latest offensive, and while they’re talking up a counteroffensive to try to retake the city, the Taliban have wasted no time in capturing all the significant buildings in the city, and are moving on the airport.
This is why some observers say the takeover of Kunduz is more a failure of the Afghan state than a victory for the Taliban.
“The Taliban did not come out of nowhere to take over Kunduz. Their fighters had been there for quite some time launching small-scale attacks on the city. This was meant to be a war of attrition against Afghan forces that would in turn pave the way for a full-scale offensive. And that’s exactly what happened,” Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, told DW.
The US has responded by launching the usual airstrikes……and since airstrikes do not retake territory….the US went to plan B….
Special forces from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, reportedly including US troops, battled Taliban militants on the ground in Kunduz Wednesday in an attempt to retake the city after Afghan forces were overrun Monday. It marks the first time foreign forces have clashed with the Taliban during the conflict in Kunduz, Reuters reports. Coalition rep Col. Brian Tribus says the forces took part in a mission near Kunduz airport where Afghan forces have made a base. “Coalition special forces advisers, while advising and assisting elements of the Afghan Security Forces, encountered an insurgent threat in the vicinity of the Kunduz airport at approximately 1am,” Tribus says. “When they encountered the threat, they defended themselves.”
Tribus wouldn’t provide the nationalities of the coalition fighters, but a senior Afghan security official says 100 members of US special forces were involved. He adds they wore night-vision goggles as they left the airport and returned after eliminating Taliban attackers. Tribus adds US forces also conducted their third airstrike near Kunduz since Tuesday, targeting a spot near the airport Wednesday morning. A rep for the Public Health Ministry says 30 people have been killed and 200 injured in the fighting and “around 90% of them are civilians.” The coalition said Wednesday that a soldier was killed in northern Afghanistan, but from a “non-battle cause,” reports the Washington Post. A US military official says he expects the estimated 500 Taliban fighters to be expelled from Kunduz within weeks.
The fighting continues…..and could this be the beginning of a whole new war?
Should we get involved? Or should we let the Afghans do the heavy lifting?
This smells like deeper involvement.