Hundreds of fresh Northern Alliance troops carrying Kalashnikov rifles and rocket launchers have filed down to this part of the front line alone. Some with grey beards have been fighting for most of the last twenty years. A few are merely boys. All are here for the Alliance push towards Kabul. American jets have made two sorties; bombing Taleban front line positions, trying to weaken them ahead of the Northern Alliance push. And the alliance have been firing rocket after rocket, producing lines of ground shuddering explosions just a few hundred metres away. There's been some Taleban return of fire, but also some defections. From Kohi Safia, to the east of here and Falizlai to the west. There's still few in numbers. No-one is expecting the push towards Kabul.