US Special Forces engage Taliban in fighting at Kunduz airport

KABUL: US Special Forces battled the Taliban forces that laid siege to the main airport in Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan. The fighting at the airport started on Sept. 29, just one day after the Taliban seized control of the city.

The engagement between Coalition forces belonging to Operation Resolute Support and Taliban fighters was confirmed by spokesman Colonel Brian Tribus. “Coalition special forces advisers, while advising and assisting elements of the Afghan Security Forces, encountered an insurgent threat in the vicinity of the Kunduz airport at approximately 1 a.m., 30 September,” he said.

According to Tribus, the Special Forces unit engaged the Taliban “out of self-defense. When they encountered the threat, they defended themselves.”

“They are in a non-combat role,” Tribus insisted. “That said, they also maintain the right to defend.”

A senior Afghan military official confirmed that US Special Forces engaged the Taliban outside of Kunduz Airport. An estimated “100 members of US special forces fought off Taliban attackers threatening to breach the airport.”

In addition to US Special forces fighting on the ground, Operation Resolute Support has launched at least three airstrikes against the Taliban in Kunduz since the city fell.

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