Dr. Abdullo, Afghanistan's foreign minister, has confirmed the news that the Northern Alliance forces had seized the town of Mazar-i-Sharif. To quote him, "the Joint Front forces of the Northern Alliance with air support of the US aircraft have seized the town of Mazar-i-Sharif." Dr. Abdullo characterised the capture of Mazar-i-Sharif as a "great victory for the Northern Alliance forces." At present, the Northern Alliance forces in the Talukan direction are in full combat readiness and can move towards Kabul any time. "The capture of Kabul is of major political and military significance, therefore every step made in that direction should be well-balanced and properly considered," Dr. Abdullo noted.
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