Dispatches: A Volatile State Of Siege After a Taliban Ambush

Pocked with shell craters and fretted with tank tracks, the road from Taloqan to Kunduz was empty of civilian traffic. In the ditches were the bombed remains of Jeeps, tanks and armored personnel carriers. Now and then a truck jounced past carrying Northern Alliance soldiers to the Kunduz front, which had settled into a tense standoff between Alliance and Taliban forces. Inside Kunduz were some 6,000 Taliban and al-Qaeda troops, many of them Arab, Chechen or Pakistani holy warriors with no place in this world left to go. They had retreated into Kunduz after being routed at Mazar-i-Sharif and Taloqan. Now...

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