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Taliban launch hit-and-run attacks in Kunduz
Published :Wednesday, 7 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 7

KABUL, Oct 6 : Taliban fighters on motorbikes have carried out hit-and-run attacks on Afghan forces trying to clear Kunduz city of insurgents, more than a week after the militant movement briefly seized the provincial capital.
Adopting new tactics, Taliban fighters have been firing at security forces at checkpoints and then melting away into residential areas, rather than directly engaging in gun battles, said Hamdullah Danishi, acting governor of the northern city.
"This is a new policy for the Taliban," said Danishi. "They want to create fear among residents so they cannot resume their normal lives."
The failure of U.S.-trained Afghan troops and police to swiftly recapture Kunduz is an ominous sign for the government of President Ashraf Ghani and the administration in Washington.
It underscores concerns about national forces' ability to protect the country when most of the remaining foreign troops leave.
Already NATO forces are a small fraction of their peak, now that their formal combat mission has ended, and U.S. President Barack Obama is reassessing the timetable for a final drawdown which currently envisages removing all but a few U.S. soldiers by the end of 2016.     ?REUTERS

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