VIDEO: Afghan military launches offensive to retake city from Taliban

VIDEO: Afghan military launches offensive to retake city from Taliban
A Taliban fighter stands guard on a vehicle in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, today. Pic: AP

Afghanistan’s president has vowed to retake a key northern city captured by the Taliban, saying the military has already launched a counter-offensive on Kunduz.

President Ashraf Ghani says his security forces are “retaking government buildings ... and reinforcements, including special forces and commandos are either there or on their way there.”

Mr Ghani spoke in a televised address to the nation a day after the Taliban captured the city of Kunduz in a multi-pronged assault that took the authorities and military officials by surprise.

Mr Ghani claimed that “the enemy has sustained heavy casualties” and urged his nation to trust Afghan troops and not give in to “fear and terror”.

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