The Taliban launched a large-scale assault Monday on Kunduz, a northern Afghan city that briefly fell to the insurgents a year ago and was only fully liberated weeks later with the help of U.S. airstrikes.

The insurgents reached a central roundabout and hoisted their flag, residents said on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution. But Amruddin Wali, a member of the provincial council, said security forces still control the airport, police headquarters, provincial government offices and the intelligence agency.

“Intense fighting is going on right now at the governor’s compound and the NDS (intelligence agency) office,” he said.

The Taliban said they had seized the roundabout and several checkpoints, but did not claim to have captured the city.

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