Taliban shock

Print edition : November 13, 2015

Afghan security forces stand guard at the main gate of a prison in Kunduz after retaking the city from the Taliban on October 8. The Taliban had set free as many as 600 prisoners from the city's two prisons. Photo: NASIR WAQIF/AFP

Madina, 8, who was injured in the air strike by the U.S. on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, being attended to by a nurse in a hospital in Kabul on October 3. Photo: VICTOR J. BLUE/NYT

An injured civilian being shifted to hospital by government troops after a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz on October 3. Photo: REUTERS

The Taliban takeover of Kunduz, though brief, points to the fact that the Afghan forces, whom the West has trained, are incapable of confronting their own enemies such as the Taliban and the Islamic State.
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