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Afghan Army Chases Taliban Out of Kunduz After Days of Clashes

© REUTERS / Stringer An Afghan policeman patrols next to a burning vehicle in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan October 1, 2015
An Afghan policeman patrols next to a burning vehicle in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan October 1, 2015 - Sputnik International
After several days of clashes between the Afghan military forces and the Taliban extremists, the army managed to regain the northern city of Kunduz on Thursday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Afghan soldiers keep watch during a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan September 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
Taliban Launch Fierce Assault on Afghan City Kunduz
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Taliban militants recaptured their former stronghold of Kunduz on Monday. The following day, US-backed Afghan government forces launched a counter-attack.

"Despite strong resistance from the Taliban, Afghan forces defeated them," the ministerial statement read, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.

According to other media reports, the Taliban militants denied this information.

According to The Wall Street Journal, some 500 elite Afghan special-operations forces participated in the operation.

In this picture taken on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 Afghanistan's security forces patrol of Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. - Sputnik International
Short Memory? Talks Focus on ISIL While Taliban Takes New Territory
Afghanistan continues to be in a state of political and social turmoil, with the Taliban movement redoubling their insurgency across the country.

The Taliban military movement launched a large-scale offensive in April, despite continuous attempts by the Afghan government to resume peace talks. In May, the militants surrounded the city of Kunduz.

According to local authorities, Islamic State jihadists are also active in Afghanistan, trying to take advantage of the current instability to gain a foothold in the country.

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