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White House strongly condemns Kunduz attacks

White House strongly condemns Kunduz attacks

Sep 30, 2015 - 20:17

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The White House has strongly condemned Talibaninfo-icon attacks on the northern city of Kunduz while the Pentagon expressed confidence in Afghan security forces.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday Afghan troops were starting to retake some buildings in the city, the capital of Kunduz province, and the United States was providing the Afghan government with advisory support.

"The United States strongly condemns the Taliban attacks in Kunduz. We stand with the Afghan people in our commitment to Afghan peace and security," Earnest said, describing the situation in the city as "fluid."

He said the United States, its allies and neighboring countries of Afghanistaninfo-icon backed the President Ashraf Ghani-led unity government in Kabulinfo-icon and the Afghan forces.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon expressed confidence in the Afghan security forces that they would regain control of the city from the insurgents.

"Obviously this is a setback for the Afghan security forces. But we've seen them respond in recent weeks and months to the challenges they've faced. And they're doing the same thing in Kunduz right now," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told a news briefing.


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