KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban will hunt down and punish anyone who takes part in next months national assembly, where the possibility of long-term US military bases in Afghanistan will be discussed, the group warned in a statement on Wednesday. The unusually specific threat, in an English-language message from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said participants will be pursued all over the country and will face severe repercussions. It called on Taliban supporters to target every security guard, person with intention, participant and every caller of this convention.