In late September, the Taliban launched an offensive against Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan, capturing key buildings.
The offensive sparked a fierce battle between the militants and government forces, supported by US airstrikes. After several days of fighting, Afghan troops recaptured the city, and took down theTaliban’s flag from the central square.
American planes targeted Taliban positions, but at the beginning of October, a hospital run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) was hit, killing 22 hospital staff and patients, with many seriously injured. The Pentagon later admitted that the strike was a mistake.
During the offensive, hundreds of prisoners escaped from the city’s jail, rumored to have been aided by Taliban fighters. In this extra scene, VICE News filmmaker Nagieb Khaja speaks to an escaped convict, who describes the breakout.
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