A soldier walks towards a CH-53 helicopter in Kunduz, Afghanistan on March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sabine Siebold
Reuters: Afghan forces try to push back Taliban from Kunduz city
Afghan security forces are battling Taliban insurgents blocking a main route into the northern city of Kunduz with improvised explosives, officials said on Tuesday, as fears grew local residents could be forced to flee the city.
Heavy fighting has been underway for days around Kunduz, a city that the Taliban have twice come close to capturing in recent years, and government reinforcements included Special Forces units rushed to the province to bolster defenses.
"A fight is going on between Afghan forces and the enemy around Kunduz city," said defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish, adding that three operations were underway. "We have the capacity and enough reinforcements to tackle them," he said.
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Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 9, 2017
Afghan forces losing to Taliban in fight for Kunduz -- FOX News
Taliban back on the offensive in Kunduz -- Long War Journal
Thousands flee as Taliban take district in Kunduz province -- CNN
Taliban Again Threaten Key Northern Afghan City -- VOA
ISIS radio station destroyed, 34 militants killed in East of Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
31 ISIS militants killed in airstrikes in East of Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Nearly 90,000 Afghans displaced in 2017, says UN -- Al Jazeera
Taliban Broaden Their Reach in Villages Across Afghanistan -- WSJ
Taliban teachers: how militants are infiltrating Afghan schools -- The Guardian
Taliban spring offensive will result in further net loss of territory controlled by Afghan government -- Jane's 360
Trump Weighs Sending as Many as 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan -- NBC
US considering sending up to 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan -- ABC news
US considers 'boosting troop presence' in Afghanistan -- Al Jazeera
Pentagon wants more troops, bombs for Afghanistan to counter Taliban -- USA Today
More British troops could be deployed to Afghanistan amid mounting fears over Taliban resurgence -- Daily Mail
Taliban fight: US may send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan -- BBC
UK 'could send more troops to Afghanistan after Nato request' -- The Telegraph
Back in Afghanistan: Marines 'exposed to some danger,' commander says -- Marine Times
Real tragedy of Operation Medusa is that Taliban may soon win back ground hard won by Canadian troops -- CBC
The US And Afghanistan Are Fighting 2 Enemies At Once -- Newsy