The central grouping of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance is ready to launch an offensive on the Takhar-Kapisa direction. The Northern Alliance units are forming into columns advancing toward the frontage line. The Alliance's commanders are currently on a conference at the headquarters of general Mahibullah who commands the Takhir direction. The offensive is scheduled for Monday night or Tuesday morning. Russian GAZ-66 trucks with BM-12 rocket launchers and ZKU-1 heavy machine guns installed can been seen throughout the Northern Afghanistan. These trucks are the bulk of mechanized units of the Northern Alliance's Mujaheddin. The Northern Alliance's units located 50-60 km away from Kabul have already started their operations near the capital.
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