Battle of Kunduz (2016)
|Battle of Kunduz (2016)|
|Part of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Gen. Kassim Jangal Bagh (Kunduz provincial police chief)||Abdul Salam|
100 Afghan special forces|
1,000 Afghan Soldiers
Afghan Police Forces
|Casualties and losses|
20+ police officers killed|
4+ police officers wounded
Total: At least 24 security forces killed or injured
|Unknown killed and dozens injured|
200 civilian casualties |
24,000 people displaced
The Battle of Kunduz occurred on 3 October 2016 in the Afghan city of Kunduz between Afghan National Security Forces and Taliban insurgents. It occurred exactly a year after the 2015 battle when the Taliban briefly controlled the city.
According to the Taliban, a four pronged attack was launched on Kunduz on the morning of 3 October 2016. They later claimed to have seized several checkpoints and the city's roundabout. Afghanistan special forces were flown in from Kabul to assist in securing the city. By the evening the local police chief, Kassim Jangal Bagh, told the press that the city center was in government hands, a statement later backed by the NATO–led Resolute Support Mission. He also said that a full counteroffensive had been launched to clear the area. It was reported that fighting persisted near the governor's compound, the local police headquarters, and the local National Directorate of Security headquarters. The Ministry of the Interior stated that at least one police officer was killed and four more were wounded. A member of parliament who represented the area say that Taliban had overrun parts of the city and taken control of the city center.
On 4 October, Afghan forces managed to regain control of the city center.
According to the Kunduz provincial health director, at least 151 were wounded and one was killed.
On 12 October, Afghan security forces cleared Kunduz of Taliban fighters after more than a week of fighting. As of 2017, the Taliban still retain most land in Kunduz Province, but do not own Kunduz City.
- "US Military Conducts Airstrikes in Troubled Afghan City". 5 October 2016.
- "Afghan Forces Push Taliban Out of Kunduz Center, Officials Say". 4 October 2016.
- "U.N. says situation 'rapidly deteriorating' in embattled Afghan city". 6 October 2016.
- "Kunduz assault: Afghan forces 'in control of city'". British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Afghan forces regain control of key city of Kunduz after Taliban raid". 4 October 2016.
- "Officials: Afghan forces clear Kunduz of Taliban". 12 October 2016.