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Afghan forces battling to retake Kunduz as Taliban advance in north

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KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan commandoes launched a counter-attack on Monday to try to beat back Taliban fighters who overran the northern city of Kunduz a day earlier, with residents fleeing the conflict describing the almost constant sound of gunfire and explosions. Kunduz was one of at least three provincial capitals seized by the insurgents in the north over the weekend, as their offensive gathered pace following Washington’s announcement that it would end its military mission in Afghanistan by the end of August. A Taliban spokesman had warned the United States on Sunday against intervening fol…

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