FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Will Kunduz fall to Taliban for the third time?
Posted:May 10, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
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.
 
Afghanistan Times, May 11, 2017
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Relations between India and Morocco go back a millennium with the first recorded links dating to the 14th century, when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta, travelled to India.
 
read-more
US President Donald Trump has said he sees a “critical” role for India in his country's South Asia strategy for fighting terrorism and building up a safe Afghanistan.
 
read-more
On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
 
read-more
The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
 
read-more
The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
 
read-more
At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
 
read-more
There are six encouraging and bold pillars in the new US strategy on Afghanistan as outlined by President Donald Trump.
 
read-more
Is the United States threatened by Nazism? The short answer is no, notwithstanding the frightening events in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently.
 
read-more
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
read-more
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
Column-image

This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
Column-image

History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
Column-image

Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive