In the early hours of Monday, the Northern Alliance's troops seized the town of Herat, a strategic administrative centre of the Herat province in western Afghanistan. Herat is a juncture of roads linking Afghanistan with Turkmenistan and Iran. The Indian UNI news agency reports, making reference to certain Iranian sources, that many Taliban soldiers were captured and killed during the operation. According to the agency, Ismail Khan, the former governor of Herat, commanded the operation. Khan was forced to resign by the Taliban authorities in 1995. The Northern Alliance is currently striving to liberate the Uzbekistan-bordering province of Herat.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said