Big blow to Afghan army
Taliban captures large army base near Kunduz airport
Afghan officials and the Taliban have said insurgents have captured a large army base in Kunduz province. 217 Corps present at the airport were captured on Wednesday. The Taliban have also released a video of it online, which shows soldiers leaving the base. However, the Afghan government is yet to react on this. The 2017 Corps is one of the seven commands of the Afghan Army.
Taliban have seized the local army headquarters at Kunduz airport, bringing the extremist group to full control of the northeastern province.
A local lawmaker told AFP that hundreds of Afghan soldiers had surrendered after the Taliban captured the northern city. Kunduz Provincial Council member Amaruddin Wali said soldiers, policemen and other security forces have surrendered to the Taliban with all their military resources.
With the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, the Taliban have intensified their campaign to occupy Afghanistan and have captured about two-thirds of the territory. The Taliban have captured the capitals of Badakhshan and Baghlan and Farah provinces. The capture of the army base of Kunduz is being considered as a major setback for the Afghan forces. Badakhshan is Afghanistan's ninth province, which the Taliban claims to have captured in less than a week.