It’s a blast from the past we could do without. Afghan soldiers and NATO special forces have been mobilized after the Taliban seized the northern city in their biggest feat since 2001. Heavy fighting is underway, with limited progress yesterday, and the U.S. launched airstrikes to try to prevent the Islamic fundamentalists from taking the airport. While casualties are mounting, taxing local health facilities, it’s unclear how much is now controlled by the militants. American authorities believe this is just a setback, but many fear a greater Taliban offensive throughout northern Afghanistan.