Sun Oct 9, 2016 10:29AM
Afghan National Army commandos sit on their armored vehicles amid ongoing fighting with Taliban militants in Kunduz, October 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Afghan National Army commandos sit on their armored vehicles amid ongoing fighting with Taliban militants in Kunduz, October 4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

The Battle for Kunduz

A show of force by Taliban militants in Afghanistan: they have captured parts of the northern city of Kunduz. Thousands of army forces have been deployed to battle the militants. This is the second time Kunduz has turned into a war zone. But why Afghanistan suffers under the Taliban is still a mystery.

Plans to target Syrian army

An army tank rolling down a street in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo… The Syrian troops and allied fighters are advancing in the city, clawing back street after street from foreign-backed militants. Analysts believe that the recapture of the eastern part of Aleppo from the militants is only a matter of time. Unnamed US officials have been quoted by the American media as implying that Washington could resort to using force against Syrian government forces to keep them from capturing eastern Aleppo.

Israel-US tensions

Israel’s continued settlement expansions in the occupied Palestinian territories have drawn criticism from the US. Washington has strongly condemned Israel’s latest plan to construct 98 more settler units in the West Bank.