About 20,000 Taliban fighters, holding a perimeter defence around the city of Kunduz in the north-east of Afghanistan, have offered a fierce battle despite US airstrikes and Northern Alliance artillery fire. The backbone of the group are about 10,000 foreign hirelings-Pakistanis, Arabs, Uzbeks and Chechens under the command of Uzbek field commander Juma Namangani. There are also members of bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization. The Northern Alliance representatives held talks with the Taliban and granted them two days for arms surrender on Friday. The Alliance's commander Mohammad Daud is reported to say that his troops will attack in two days and those who failed to lay down arms will be eliminated.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities