A second district in Afghanistan has been lost to the Taliban - this should be like watching dominos fall at an MIT engineering demo.
The story comes from Times of India.
Taliban seize second district in north
KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, shattering windows and forcing lawmakers to flee, as a second district in two days fell to the Islamist group in the north.
The withdrawal of foreign forces and a reduction in US air strikes have allowed Taliban fighters to launch several major attacks in important Afghan provinces.
The second district to fall to the Taliban on Monday was in the northern province of Kunduz.
The Taliban captured Dasht-e-Archi district a day after hundreds of militants fought their way to the centre of the adjacent district of Chardara.
"The Taliban managed to take it over this morning as the area has been surrounded for days," Nasruddin Saeedi, the district governor who escaped to the provincial capital, Kunduz city, told Reuters by telephone.
"They are many foreign fighters with heavy machine guns. We have asked for reinforcements, but none arrived."
The fall of the second district within a day underlines questions about Afghan forces' ability to quell the Taliban.
Afghan soldiers were preparing a counterattack to retake both districts, another local official said.