Leadership failure was behind fall of Kunduz, Afghan probe finds

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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Weak leadership, misuse of resources and lack of co-ordination between services were the main reasons a strategic city in northern Afghanistan briefly fell to the Taliban, an investigation has found.

Amrullah Saleh, head of the investigating team and a former intelligence agency chief, said that without US air support, government forces would have been unable to take back the city.

Kunduz city, capital of the province of the same name, was overrun by Taliban gunmen on September 28.

The insurgents held the city for three days before a government counter-offensive was launched.

Troops took more than two weeks to bring the city back under government control.

Mr Saleh’s investigation into Kunduz is the first to release results to the public, in the form of a 30-page summary.

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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