On Saturday United Arab Emirates' media reported that from the beginning of the offensive operation against the Taliban the Northern Alliance forces captured several thousand of foreign mercenaries who were fighting on the Taliban side. They ascertained, in particular, that about 500 Arabs, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pakistanis and Chechens who were members of the Al Qaida organization of Osama bin Laden were kept in the Kabul prison. They were living with their families in the assigned to them area of the Afghanistan capital and were detained when Kabul surrendered. Many of foreign mercenaries claim that they are employees of theological and humanitarian funds and not militants.
Putin made his first public comment on the subject of the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
Vladimir Putin's aircraft landed on Hmeymim airbase of the Russian Air Force in Syria in the morning of December 11