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Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U. S. and foreign combat troops. Under pressure from a yearlong military offensive in neighboring Pakistan, the Taliban and allied militants -- some waving the black flags of the Islamic State group...

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