The Kunduz debacle

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Nothing was done to stem the Taliban tide. President Ashraf Ghani’s policy has been clearly flawed and he has simply failed to fix it


Whatever Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani had planned for peace did not work out as Kunduz city, the capital of the eponymous northern province, fell to the Taliban on Monday. Kunduz is the first major city or garrison to fall to the jihadists in 14 years of war since the Taliban were toppled in 2001. That it came on the anniversary of the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani and the National Unity Government (NUG) on September 29, 2014, does not augur well for him, the NUG and, more importantly, Afghanistan.