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A Taliban Prize, Won in a Few Hours After Years of Strategy

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New York Times, 30 September 2015

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on the background of the Taleban attack on Kunduz, with their first assault in April:

By spring, the Taliban had begun to test Kunduz City itself, mostly coming through Chahar Dara, the district to its west. “They rolled into the city but were stopped — or chose to stop before getting to the city center,” noted Thomas Ruttig, a co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a research organization and think tank.

(…) “I am not sure if they wanted to go into the city or if they wanted to stop and embed themselves in the suburbs, but that is what they did, and then that was the base they used to launch this attack,” Mr. Ruttig said.