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Bindra: Northern Alliance advances



NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN (CNN) -- Northern Alliance commanders claimed two victories Tuesday in their fight against Taliban forces, including the capture of the town of Kisindeh just south of the strategically important city of Mazar-e Sharif.

CNN's Satinder Bindra is based in northeastern Afghanistan. He filed this report.

BINDRA: For weeks, there's been a military stalemate here in the ground, but now it appears that situation is changing. The Northern Alliance claimed this morning that it captured the district of Zari. It lies just south of the strategic city of Mazar-e Sharif. The Northern Alliance claims its soldiers had captured several Taliban troops. We can't independently verify this, but what we can confirm is that fighting in and around Mazar-e Sharif has been intensifying for the past few days.

Just a few days ago, Northern Alliance troops captured large tracts of another district south of Mazar-e Sharif. The latest there is that the Taliban have recaptured parts of it, and very intense fighting is going on in the city of Kisindeh.

Meantime, there are more signs of cooperation between Northern Alliance forces and the United States. Two days ago a Russian MI8 landed here but it had U.S. markings on it and now Northern Alliance commanders are confirming that indeed it was a U.S. helicopter that landed here, however briefly.



 
 
 
 


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