The Taliban have not used their main weapon yet, Katar Al-Jazeera TV station reported, the only station that has its correspondents in Afghanistan. According to the TV station, in addition to Kabul and Kandagar, US aircraft bombed a Taliban position to the north from Kabul, which is from where the Northern Alliance’s attack of the Afghan capital is being expected. Al-Jazeera reported that the Taliban has anti-aircraft systems, including the SAM-7, though they are not using them. US aircraft are being fired on with anti-aircraft guns, which are not capable of shooting down high-altitude aircraft.
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