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Editorial: Will Kunduz fall to Taliban for the third time?

Heavy clashes are ongoing between Afghan security forces and the Taliban insurgents in areas close to Kunduz city and at least five police and army outposts are under siege by the militants. It seems that the Taliban insurgents have launched a coordinated assault on the city of Kunduz, attacking from four directions and trying to enter the city. The attack has come after the Taliban announced their spring offensive ‘Mansouri’, vowing to continue their evil designs. Surely, the brave Afghan security forces are putting all efforts together to push the militants back. Kunduz, which fell briefly to the Taliban insurgents a year ago, has seen repeated bouts of heavy fighting. It falls to the Taliban’s hand twice. The Taliban insurgent is making another push to take control of province, where Qala-i-Zal district of the province have already fallen to them. Kunduz is far from what are often considered to be the center of the Taliban power—the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar. But yet the main focus of the Taliban is now Kunduz. They (Taliban) are putting significant efforts and resource in its efforts to take control of the province. Kunduz city is only a province that fall to the Taliban since US forces entered in the war-torn country in 2001. However, this fallout was for short period of time, where the Afghan security force retook the province, and strengthened their bonds there. However, the ongoing clashes in the province have raised many eyebrows among Afghan commoners. People are viewing with suspicion the intention of government on Kunduz fighting. Many believe that government is reluctant to push back Taliban from the province. Kunduz residents already have suffered at hands of Taliban in the first and second collapse of the province. No room left for them to bear the brunt of other casualties. They (residents) have lost their dearest and nearest one in human resources, while in property they lost almost all. In twice collapse, many residents were killed and their properties including houses were destroyed partially or completely. This time fall will take out their all earnings the made in the past one year. Government should look seriously to the matter. It is very serious issue. It is not exaggeration, because domestic media reported that Taliban militants are at least 150 meters far from the Kunduz city’s exit gate in Charkhab area which is 1.5 kilometers far from the center of the city. There is no single doubt on the capability of the Afghan security forces. They (forces) could retake every fallen districts or areas from the Taliban within some hours, but, however, there some problem in command. Some security officers complain of not letting them to attack militants, while they are on standby to thwart militants attack. Security forces should be on attacking position, otherwise, it would not be too far to see another collapse. Giving security forces command of attacking—then see the outcome, which defiantly would be outstanding, and very much appreciable. Long Live to the Afghan security forces, our trustable wings.

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