Damaged Buildings, Fleeing Families: Taliban Overruns Six Provincial Capitals Including Kunduz
Heavy fighting damaged dozens of buildings and forced civilians to flee after Taliban militants overran six Afghan provincial capitals, including the strategic northern provincial capital of Kunduz. Taliban fighters seized key government buildings in the city of Kunduz on August 8 leaving government forces hanging onto control of the airport and their own military base. The Taliban also appeared to be in control of the northern cities of Sar-e Pol and Taloqan. The was also intense fighting in the southern city of Lashkar Gah and the northwestern city of Herat. The Taliban launched an all-out offensive in May as U.S.-led forces began the final stages of their withdrawal.