via CBS News.
Afghanistan says the Taliban have captured the northern city of Kunduz, the first time the insurgents have seized a major urban area since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.This is getting beyond old.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tells The Associated Press that "Kunduz city has collapsed into the hands of the Taliban."
Murad Ali Murad, deputy cheif of staff of the Afghan Army, said the Taliban who attacked Kunduz were led by foreign fighters, reports CBS News' Ahmed Mukhtar. He said security forces retreated from Kunduz city to prevent civilians casualties.
Murad said these foreign fighters were bolstered by al Qaeda and others, adding that the Taliban are taking shelter in residential areas inside peoples' houses.
The insurgents launched a massive assault on the city early Monday, seizing a courthouse, a hospital and other government buildings.
The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says it has treated more than 100 wounded people.
The fall of Kunduz marks a major setback for Afghan government forces, who have struggled to combat the Taliban with limited aid from the U.S. and NATO, which shifted to a training and support role at the end of last year.
Some of the idiots out there think that I report these failures with glee. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the truth is what you need if you're going to fix things.
The truth is we have a SecDef, a SecNav and a DoD...along with supposed Naval Service advocacy blogs that are more concerned with women in combat than they are with combat effectiveness.
You won't read about the total collapse of US diplomatic and military policy in the Middle East on their pages.
All you get is cheerleading to further weaken the US military.
Personally I'm getting a bit fed up. Read about the Taliban capture of an Afghan city here. Unless we fix ourselves you're seeing the decline of the US.
Sidenote: Why hasn't the CENTCOM Commander been fired or forced to resign? This type of failure is unacceptable.