North Alliance forces occupied two regions Saturday in the north of the country, reported Qatar TV station Al Jazeera with reference to a North Alliance foreign ministry official. According to the RIA Novosti correspondent, the foreign ministry representative said a region in the Balkh province 60 km to the south west of Mazar-i-Sharif was occupied. 80 Taliban were killed and some 2,000 captured. Al Jazeera also reports Northern Alliance detachments guided by field commander Muhammed Att seized after a three-hour-long combat the region of Kobruk 70 km to the south of Mazar-i-Sharif. The Northern Alliance statement stresses 800 Taliban who held positions in that region passed on the side of the alliance forces on the eve of the offensive.