Afghan security forces take their positions during a gun battle in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz Thursday after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military.Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by limited U.S. air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting.However, troops Thursday managed to reach the centre of Kunduz where the streets were littered with Taliban bodies, residents told AFP, adding that fighting was still ongoing in parts of the city. Local residents reported deafening overnight bombardments, adding that the Taliban were still resisting Afghan forces in some parts of the city.Even after years of training and equipment purchases -- on which Washington spent $65 billion -- Afghan forces have been unable to rein in the ascendant insurgency.
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