According to the newspaper Pakistan Observer international terrorist Usama bin Laden has set up and financed a new 35,000-men army (Lashkar) consisting of his supporters, including Arabs, Chechens and Philippinos, reports the RIA Novosti correspondent. According to the paper's information, Usama Bin Laden has allocated over 15 million dollars for setting up the formation of specially trained and ideologically brainwashed gunmen who are ready at any time to launch an attack against the Northern alliance forces. A week ago, following the relative winter quiet, fighting was resumed in Afghanistan between the Northern alliance forces and the Taleban movement. Fighting was reported in the Takhan, Bamian and Baghlan provinces, as well as on the approaches to the Panjshir valley.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.