Afghanistan forces regain control of Kunduz city from Taliban.

Afghanistan officials say they have regained control of key areas of the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban.

An operation launched overnight saw forces recapture government landmarks and inflict heavy casualties on the militants, although Taliban has insisted it still controls large parts of the city.

The city’s capture on Monday by the militant group was a huge blow to President Ashraf Ghani, coming on the first anniversary of his taking power.

Kunduz, with a population of around 300,000, is one of Afghanistan’s largest cities and strategically important both as a transport hub and a bread-basket for the region.

IN OTHER NEWS – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the Palestinian Authority can no longer be bound by agreements with Israel, so long as the latter refuses to commit to them.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Abbas called on the status quo in the occupied Palestinian territory unsustainable, he also said that Israel must assume its full responsibility as an occupying power under international law.

ELSEWHERE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected accusations that Moscow’s air strikes in Syria are aimed at targets other than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group and have hit civilians.

Saudi Arabia demanded that Russia end its military operations against targets in Syria

Speaking at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said that the ISIL group was not present in the areas that were attacked by Russian jets, adding that the bombardments also targeted Western-backed rebels.

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