85 militants from the Pakistani paramilitary Islamic group Harakat Jihad-e-Islam (a part of the Islamic Jihad movement) were killed during an American bombardment on Thursday. The bombing occurred on the Afghan border regions of Balkh and Samangan by the small town of Darayi-Nur. A representative of the militants Kamal Azfar told journalists in Islamabad that, "a large number of Mujaheddin were injured and also our commander Abu Muhammad Ashraf was killed". According to Azfar, the bodies of those killed had been sent to Mazar-i-Sharif. He stated that, "the Mujaheddin had managed successfully to defend the Darayi-Suf valley against the Northern Alliance for several weeks. However, on Thursday morning the Northern Alliance called for assistance from the American airforce, who bombed our forward line," Azfar stated. According to some information, up to 8000 Pakistani citizens are fighting in Afghanistan; they are members of numerous Muslim parties and groups. In October around Kabul 35 militants of a different Pakistani group, Harakat-ul-Mujaheddin, were killed in a building by the American airforce.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987