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May 17, 2016, 04:06 AM

05-16-2016 (Photo: ‪Taliban Declines to Participate in Peace Talks amid Battlefield Success.‬) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow #Taliban Commands the Battlefield. Inspire Magazine Boasts. @ThomasJoscelyn. @BillRoggio. @followFDD. “…The Taliban claimed to have taken over large areas of Pul-i-Khumri and the neighboring district of Baghlan-i-Jadid (also known as Baghlan-i-Markazi). On May 14, the Taliban released a statement on Voice of Jihad claiming its fighters “[dismantled] two more bases as well as [purged] two villages from the enemy after hours of fighting” in Baghlan-i-Jadid and “took over a major military base and a number of checkpoints” in Pul-i-Khumri. “The next day, the Taliban released a detailed report claiming major gains in Pul-i-Khumri. According to the statement, the Taliban overran nine villages and four “posts,” while its fighters “laid a siege around a fortified base and blocked off the main road extending to #Mazar-i-Sharif,” the capital of Balkh province. The Taliban claimed it repelled Afghan forces attempting to break the siege of the base. While it is difficult to independently confirm the Taliban’s claims bout the fighting in Baghlan, press reports indicate that the jihadist organization has made gains in the north and are disrupting transportation on the Ring Road, or Highway 1, in Baghlan. The Ring Road connects #Afghanistan’s largest cities and is the major highway in the country. “Last week, The New York Times confirmed that the Taliban shut down the vital artery after ambushing policemen guarding it. “The northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif was cut off, as were road connections to eight northern provinces,” the Times reported on May 14.

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