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US Forces Continue Airstrikes in Fight to Retake Afghan City from Taliban

STR/AFP/Getty Images(KUNDUZ, Afghanistan) — The battle to retake Kunduz from the Taliban continues as U.S. warplanes target the hardline group in northern Afghanistan.  

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan tells ABC News that three airstrikes have targeted Taliban positions in and around the city of Kunduz.

Meanwhile, an Afghan intelligence official says that a Taliban commander was killed in one of the strikes.

The U.S. began the series of airstrikes after gunmen stormed the country’s fifth largest city earlier this week, prompting thousands of residents to flee and Afghan forces to retreat. Kunduz is the first to fall to the Taliban since the U.S. drove them from power in 2001.

Despite the airstrikes, the Taliban has now taken an offensive position in the neighboring Takhar Province, east of Kunduz, where government facilities have come under fire.
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