Friday, May 12, 2017
With No Fear Of Being Targeted By U.S. Or Afghan Airstrikes, The Taliban Parade A Large Convoy In An Afghan Province
Long War Journal: Taliban parades large convoy in Sangin
The Taliban paraded a large convoy of fighters into the district center of Sangin in Helmand province just one month after Resolute Support denied Afghan forces were defeated there. The Taliban force operated openly in the daylight without fear of being targeted by US or Afghan airstrikes.
The Taliban video, simply entitled “Sangin,” was released on Voice of Jihad on May 6. An English-speaking Taliban member narrated the video. When shown, his face is blotted out. According to the Taliban, the video “contains information about the strategic district of Sangin, its conquest by the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate, barbarity by the foreign forces and the hirelings [Afghan security forces] and the reopening of the bazaar on the first day of the new blessed campaign ‘Operation Mansouri.’
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WNU Editor: If this video is accurate, the Taliban are telling everyone that the Afghan Army and the U.S. military have become an ineffective force in the district of Sangin, Helmand province.