Fighter jets from an alliance seeking to prevent the country's takeover by an army of religious students bombed Taliban positions north of the capital Monday and massed their forces on the front line.
The anti-Taliban forces congregated about 10 miles north of Kabul. Soldiers loyal to warlord Rashid Dostum fought alongside former government troops, led by the ousted military chief, Ahmed Shah Massood.
Pilots loyal to Dostum conducted bombing runs outside the capital Monday. The attacks followed night bombing raids on the Kabul airport, on the northwestern edge of the city. It was the third straight day Dostum's jets bombed Kabul airport.
The Taliban army seized the capital on Sept. 27, ousting the government, and have captured two-thirds of the country in their campaign to impose their version of strict Islamic rule.