Taliban Seizes Kunduz Airport, Afghan Army Corps Equipment

Hundreds of Afghan troops surrender

While a lot of the focus this week in Afghanistan has been on which cities are falling to the Taliban, and which are likely next, some of the most important parts of the Taliban offensive come after the city itself is lost.

Kunduz fell over the weekend, but Wednesday, the Taliban took over the city’s airport. It’s a relative large airport by Afghanistan standards. The loss of the airport is significant because it is one of the Afghan Defense Ministry’s facilities for operation.

That was just part of the ongoing fall of metro Kunduz. Officials also reported that the army corps in the area had fallen “with all their equipment.” Exactly how much equipment this amounts to isn’t wholly clear, but it includes some vehicles, including a helicopter that was under repair.

Equipment isn’t all that was lost. The entire army corps surrendered outright, and hundreds of them were captured by the Taliban. What they intend to do with their prisoners is unclear, but this was just another Taliban victory where the Afghan military didn’t seriously try to resist.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.