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"With the capturing of the police compound and governor's office in Kunduz, the whole province fell to our hands and our fighters are now advancing towards the airport," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on his Twitter account.
A Taliban statement called the operation in Kunduz "an immense conquest" and urged their fighters to protect the local population.
The statement said the government in Kabul "should openly admit its defeat".
Earlier, the government admitted that it had lost control of parts of the city. It said at least 25 militants and two Afghan policemen had been killed and that reinforcements had been dispatched.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
No they never, we killed all the nasty Taliban during the Afghhanistan operation.
Seriously though, who would have thunk it?
Brits, Ruskies, Yanks all failed in Afghanistan.
In a televised address on Tuesday, he said "progress" was being made recapturing Kunduz but security forces had been hampered by the Taliban using civilians as human shields.
"The government of Afghanistan is a responsible government and it cannot bomb its people and compatriots inside the city and will not do so," he said.
Heavy casualties had been inflicted on "the enemy", he added, although this was denied by the Taliban.
US military planes have supported the operation, striking Taliban positions on the outskirts of the city, a Nato spokesman said.