Afghan eyewitness video reveals the battle to retake Kunduz from the Taliban, as the country's chief executive tells the U.N. Pakistan is partly to blame for harboring insurgents. Mana Rabiee reports.
It's a desperate battle for control.... these pictures shot by a police officer showing Afghan forces fighting to retake central Kunduz, after Monday's surprise attack by Taliban fighters. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says Kunduz fell, in part, because government troops wanted to avoid civilian casualties so they showed restraint as the Taliban stormed in. At the United Nations, Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was more blunt. He blames Pakistan for the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHANISTAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE ABDULLAH ABDULLAH "The presence of terrorist sanctuaries and support networks in Pakistan continue to cause trouble inside Afghanistan.... Our demands are legitimate as our people continue to suffer at the hands of terrorist elements who cross into Afghanistan and indiscriminately victimize our citizens." Afghan and Western security officials say supply lines to Kunduz city have been interrupted. The Taliban says the assault was to show,in part, that the group is still united... despite internal disagreements over it new leadership. The insurgency has escalated significantly this year with the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, putting enormous pressure on the fledgling Afghan army as it struggles to combat a determined enemy.