>> A bitter repeat of history in Afghanistan, government troops on Tuesday fighting to push the Taliban out of Kunduz, the northern city which the insurgents captured a year ago and have now returned to. Security forces have now taken back the central square but the Taliban had dug in at key areas like the police headquarters.
Fighting has been raging since militants entered the city late Sunday night by slipping through a security line, a coordinated attack from four directions at once. Afghan authorities have rushed in special forces and helicopters for airstrikes, while US forces standby ready to help
ver since last year's Taliban attack, local officials have been warning that Kunduz could be retaken at any time.
> Every day, the militants come to the city and we push them back. The fighting has affected the daily lives of our people and they have suffered heavy casualties.>> The Taliban has stepped up attacks across the entire country, underlining Afghanistan's shaky security situation and the insurgents' growing confidence.
The Kunduz assault comes just ahead of a key donor conference in Brussels, where President Ashraf Ghani will be appealing for more aid from world powers to try and rebuild his war-torn country.