I have worked in Kunduz - liked the people but not the place. my understanding was that the threat there was from bandit type worlords not standard Talib types.
I put a lot of time and effort into there - now I assume all gone. I hope the locals I worked with have managed to get out or develope an extremely low profile.
Sad to see one's work and effort wasted. And bad for the afghans that are fed up with the struggles and violence and just want to live.
Meanwhile afghan MPs sharpen their knives:
Lawmakers demand president resigns as Afghan
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:54pm IST
By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan lawmakers called on
President Ashraf Ghani to resign on Wednesday over
his government's "shameful" handling of the battle
for Kunduz, the northern city which has fallen to
Taliban insurgents in their biggest victory so far in 14
years of war.
The Islamist militants seized control of Kunduz after
an audacious assault on the city on Monday, and the
promised counter-offensive from Afghan forces has
yet to materialise.
Instead, thousands of exhausted Afghan police and
soldiers are holed up at the city's airport waiting for
reinforcements from other parts of the country.
"It is shameful how they (the government) have dealt
with the situation in Kunduz," said Iqbal Safi, a
member of parliament from Kapisa province, during a
televised session of parliament.
"Ghani and Abdullah must step down," he added,
referring to Ghani's Chief Executive Abdullah
Kunduz was the last city to fall when the Taliban fell
in 2001, and, in the biggest blow to Ghani since he
came to power a year ago, it has become the first
major city to be retaken by the insurgency since
Other lawmakers echoed Safi's demands in a chaotic
session, with parliamentarians shouting and calling
for a gathering of elders to begin the process of
Ghani's first year in office has been clouded by
political infighting and escalating violence around the
country, with the United Nations recording almost
5,000 civilian casualties in the first half of the year.
Sayed Zafar Hashemi, Ghani's deputy spokesman,
said it was parliamentarians' right to protest.
"For the president, the first priorities are the safety of
the citizens in Kunduz and clearing the area of
He said Afghan troops were making progress, and
Ghani had ordered an investigation into how Kunduz
fell so quickly.
TROOPS GROWING WEARY
Around 5,000 Afghan troops were gathered at Kunduz
airport on Wednesday after fighting there raged late
into the night, an Afghan security official said, and
Taliban fighters were driven back with the help a
second U.S. air strike.
However, the morale of Afghan troops was flagging
after two days of continuous fighting, a district
"We still have enough forces to take on the Taliban
but sadly there is no will or resolve to fight," said
Mohammad Zahir Niazi, chief of Chardara, a district
"We are only defending."
Hundreds of Afghan security forces sent to reinforce
them were stuck in neighbouring Baghlan province as
Taliban fighters blocked roads with large stones and
sandbags, a senior Afghan security official said.
A Taliban commander acknowledged his fighters had
failed to hold the airport, but said the group's forces
were still in control of the city.
"We actually wanted to capture the airport
and organised a big attack last night," said a Taliban
commander close to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the
Taliban's new leader.
"We could not seize the airport but captured some of
its surroundings," he said.
In the city, Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, a spokesman for
the police chief in Kunduz, said Afghan security
forces had regained control of the police
headquarters in Kunduz on Tuesday night.
"Hundreds of Taliban are killed and their dead bodies
are on streets ... right now a heavy fight is going on
inside the city," Hussaini told Reuters by telephone.
HELP FROM ABOVE
Afghan security forces have struggled to hold off a
multi-pronged insurgency since the bulk of foreign
troops withdrew at the end of last year.
Some German troops have been deployed to the
Kunduz area to help advise Afghan security forces
during the battle, a senior foreign diplomat said on
Germany's defence minister had signalled on Tuesday
that she was open to delaying the withdrawal of
German soldiers from Afghanistan beyond next year.
The U.S. military has carried out two air strikes on
Kunduz since fighting began on Monday.
A U.S military official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said one of the air strikes was carried out
in an effort to protect coalition forces after Taliban
fighters stole a tank and were heading towards the
Even if ultimately unsuccessful, the battle for Kunduz
appears to have re-energised insurgents who only
months ago were deeply divided over who should
lead the movement following confirmation of the
death of its founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The Taliban has since said one reason for the assault
on Kunduz was to prove the group was united after
the appointment of Mansour in July angered many
key figures in the insurgency.
(Additional reporting by Jessica Donati and Kay
Johnson in KABUL, Jibran Ahmed in PESHAWAR and
Phil Stewart in WASHINGTON; Writing by Krista
Mahr; Editing by Mike Collett-White, Michael Perry
and Paul Tait)