A number of security forces in Kunduz province on Tuesday said heavy clashes are ongoing between Afghan soldiers and Taliban in areas close to Kunduz city and at least five police and army outposts are under siege by the insurgents.
According to the soldiers, the clashes have closed the Kunduz-Takhar Highway to traffic for past five days.
TOLOnews’ reporter Karim Amini said the Taliban militants are at least 150 meters far from the Kunduz city’s exit gate in Charkhab area which is 1.5 kilometers far from the center of the city.
He said the forces on the first line of the battleground have called for help and some of them are complaining about lack of coordination.
“Mr. [President] Ashraf Ghani is sleeping under the fan; Mr. [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah is busy in fashion. I tell the truth. I do not fear from anyone. There are weapons, tanks, but there is no faith,” the Garrison Commander of Kunduz Mujahid Azimi said.
“We move forward but with every advancement, we hold a session. The war cannot move on with sessions,” Rahim said referring to lack of coordination among security forces in the province.
“We are in war with insurgents for the past few days. The Taliban [militants] are 150 meters far from here. They are in civilians houses,” said Haji Omid, an army soldier.
“We have not made any advancement. We retreated and the first line of the battle is here at the moment. We will try to advance tonight [Tuesday night],” said Rahmatullah, commander of Kunduz Highway Squad.
On Monday a number of MPs sharply criticized Kunduz officials for not maintaining security and said they should be introduced to judicial centers and should answer to the people.
“We received similar assurances from the army commander and the minister of defense, but after 24 hours, Qala-e-Zal district collapsed, eight people were taken hostage by the enemy, and the police headquarters was set ablaze,” said speaker of the Wolesi Jirga Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
“Those commanders who have committed negligence while on duty and who did not respond to the voice of the soldiers and his commander must be held accountable and they must be punished,” said MP Abdul Rauf Enaami.
Kunduz residents meanwhile said they have become increasingly worried over the past few days and called on government to end the war in the province.
The Kunduz city has fallen to the Taliban two times in the past two years.