Afghanistan's Taleban regime says its forces have recaptured a northern district that it lost to the opposition alliance earlier this week.
The Taleban ambassador to Pakistan (Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef) told reporters in Islamabad that Taleban fighters have retaken the Zari district, about 100-kilometers south of the key city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
He did not give any casualty figures.
The Zari district is located on the main road that links Uzbekistan with Central Afghanistan.
The opposition alliance, which must smuggle ammunition and arms into the country, had been trying open the road.
Tuesday, the opposition said its forces captured several villages from Taleban forces in the nearby district (Sangcharak) and were advancing east.
The claims of battlefield gains could not be independently confirmed.
The fighting in northern Afghanistan has intensified since the the United States has threatened military action against the Taleban for refusing to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Landen.