People living in the northern Afghan town of Kunduz evacuate after days of fighting as lawmakers call for President Ghani's resignation. Julie Noce reports
People living in the northern Afghan town of Kunduz are evacuating after a third day of heavy fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents. Families piled up into rickshaws, others fled on foot carrying their belongings after the city came under fire earlier this week. The situation is very bad this person said. Residents are fed up and thousands of people are escaping. Government forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, continued to battle Taliban insurgents who seized control of Kunduz during a massive assault on the city on Monday. Around 5,000 Afghan troops amassed at the airport and drove back Taliban fighters with the help a second U.S. air strike, an Afghan security official said. Lawmakers on Wednesday called on President Ashraf Ghani to resign over the handling of the battle for Kunduz. Parliamentarians were shouting and calling for a gathering of elders to begin the process of impeachment. The taking of Kunduz, even if it proves only fleeting, marked the biggest success for the Islamist insurgents since the Taliban were toppled and seems to have re-energised insurgents who had appeared split only months ago.