Heavy Fighting On In Afghanistan's Provinces Takhar, Baghlan, Bamian

In Afghanistan's provinces Takhar, Baghlan and Bamian heavy fighting is under way between Taleban units and the Northern alliance. The RIA Novosti correspondent quotes Northern alliance. representative Mohammad Habil as saying that fighting intensifies with every coming day. In Takhar, neighbouring on Tajikistan, the Taleban are pushing their way into Badakhshan, the last province which is fully under control of the Northern alliance. Both the sides are permanently attacking and counterattacking, Habil said. He reported that units of the anti-Taleban coalition have seized a number of advanced posts in the region of the strategic gorge and mountain cross Tangi Farkar. On Sunday Northern alliance counterattacks squeezed the Taleban from certain areas of the adjacent province Baghlan. The alliance has taken prisoner over 25 Taleban policemen, destroyed 5 and wounded 15 enemy soldiers. According to Mohammad Habil, a Taleban attack against alliance supporters -- Khazarei Shiites from the Hekab-e-Wahdad party in the Bamian province has also failed. The Ajdara valley is still under control of the opposition.

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