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The Fall of Kunduz and the Resurgent Taliban


The Taliban’s capture of Kunduz shows that they have overcome their internal divisions – it is a worrying indication of the insurgency’s strength

Nearly one year since the withdrawal (by and large) of foreign troops, the Taliban’s capture of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan in late September was a stark reminder of the limitations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and their ability to contain a rejuvenated insurgency. The fall of the city occurred amid escalating insecurity across the country and almost certainly prompted the decision by US President Barack Obama to halt the withdrawal of American military

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Emily Winterbotham

Director, Terrorism and Conflict

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Dr Antonio Giustozzi

Senior Research Fellow

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