Forces of Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance entered, Sunday afternoon, the northwestern Bamiyan province, Northern Alliance spokesman Ashraf Nadeem told the Saudi Press Agency. On the same day, the Northern Alliance's troops overran the strategic Pul-i-Khumri town that straddles the road between Mazar-i-Sharif and the Afghan capital of Kabul. The Northern Alliance claims to have captured the provinces of Balkh, Samangan, Faryab, Zabul, Jowzjan, and Uruzgan, and to have entered Badghis province in western Afghanistan. These developments suggest the Taliban buildup around the cities of Kunduz and Taloqan in northeastern Afghanistan is cut off from the bulk of the Taliban army.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign