Accessibility links

Breaking News

NATO Official Says Afghan Troops Will Prevail In Kunduz


Afghan forces are fighting against the Taliban and foreign fighters in Kunduz.

A NATO official says Afghan security forces will defeat a Taliban insurgency near the northern city of Kunduz that has caused thousands of people to flee their homes.

Stephen Smithman, a spokesman for NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, told RFE/RL on May 4 that the aerial support and other hardware the Afghan military had will help it defeat the Islamic militants.

"The Afghan security forces are supported by air, by their own air force, they are supported by howitzers, and also by helicopters [that] can give them closer support," Smithman said.

He added that it "doesn't matter how [well-] trained the bad guys are, the [Afghan] security forces will succeed" in the northern Kunduz region.

Smithman said the Kunduz area was "tough terrain" and Afghan forces needed time to fight the Taliban but he believes there will be "a solution in a couple of weeks."

Some 2,000 families have been displaced by the fighting since Taliban forces attacked an area near Kunduz in late April.

  • 16x9 Image

    Radio Free Afghanistan

    RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan is an online pioneer and media leader in the country, reaching 25 percent of the adult audience nationally with reporting that promotes human rights and peace on radio, SMS, and the Internet.

The Gandhara Briefing

Subscribe here for the week’s best reporting and analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan by Abubakar Siddique, the editor of RFE/RL’s Gandhara project.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

XS
SM
MD
LG