Frantic staff from Medecins Sans Frontiers say they phoned Nato officials in Washington and Kabul for a full hour - as bombs rained down on their hospital in Afghanistan.
The Taliban takeover of Kunduz is proof the Afghan National Army cannot manage alone despite the billions of dollars the west throws at it.
Afghan forces are fighting to regain control of the city of Kunduz after it became the first provincial city to be seized by the Taliban since the 2001 US-led invasion.
The Taliban has taken a key Afghanistan city, the first provincial capital that the group has seized since losing power in 2001, in a major embarrassment for the government.
A Royal Marine jailed for the murder of a Taliban insurgent let his professional standards "slip to an unacceptably low level" and showed "poor leadership", an internal review has found.
Afghan Taliban militants storm a prison in the central city of Ghazni, killing police officers and releasing more than 350 inmates.
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At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured after a series of bombs went off in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday.