Video reportedly showing the Taliban raising its flag over Kunduz city center
Earlier today, the Taliban assaulted the northern provincial capital of Kunduz from three directions and seized control of several areas in the city. “The operations have commenced on the city center from 3 directions with Mujahideen quickly taking enemy positions and the enemy is retreating from their positions,” according to an initial statement that was posted on Voice of Jihad.
Within a day after launching its assault, nearly all of the city of Kunduz has fallen to the Taliban. Taliban fighters and supporters on Twitter are also reporting that Afghan officials and military have retreated to the Kunduz airport. UNAMA, NGOs, and other outside groups are moving to the airport for evacuation.
Photos released on Twitter by Taliban fighters and supporters as well as residents in Kunduz were quickly published on the Internet. Some photos show fighters in governmental buildings and the city’s main hospital, and the jihadists parading through the streets. The Taliban displayed captured Humvees and one tank captured. The Taliban’s white flag is also seen flying from different areas of the city. Two photos and a video show prisoners who were released from the main jail.
Taliban fighters in the streets of Kunduz:
Taliban fighters in the Kunduz hospital:
Vehicles captured by the Taliban:
The Taliban’s flag flying throughout the city:
Prisoners being released from the central prison:
Taliban parading through the streets: