A source in the Afghan embassy in Dushanbe has told RIA Novosti that Northern Alliance forces have taken 180 Taliban fighters captive in the settlement of Shurch, 15 kilometres from a northern regional centre in the province of Balkh-Mazari-Sahrif. According to the source's information, the city itself is surrounded by Northern Alliance troops. Advanced units are only several kilometres away from the Mazari-Sharif aerodrome.
Selim Bensaad, the great-grandson of Joseph Stalin, wrote an open letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In the letter, Bensaad pointed out the need to dissolve the United Nations