Donald Trump declares Afghan peace talks with Taliban ‘dead’

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We have hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they have been hit in over 10 years.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that "the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday". Asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether Afghan talks were dead, Pompeo said, "For the time being they are".

"Unbeknownst to nearly everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday", US President wrote in a Tweet while making the cancellation announcement. "He can't do that to me".

The talks produced a draft agreement last week that included a substantial U.S. military drawdown from the country after 18 years of occupation, putting in sight an end to what has become the longest war in America's history.

However, Pompeo also told CNN that Khalilzad and his team "made real progress" in Doha but now the Trump administration wanted to see if Taliban leaders were serious about the commitments they made in these months-long talks.

"We had two ways to total occupation in Afghanistan, one used to be jihad and stopping, the a mode of used to be talks and negotiations", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP. However Taliban left the doors to talk for peace in Afghanistan open the world has to wait for the next move of, US. Several called the timing unfortunate but the idea of talks worthwhile, a potential path toward peace for Afghans and Americans tired of Washington's longest war. At some point in time if you want peace you have to talk to them, I don't deny that, ' said Johnson.

The cancellation came after the Taliban suicide attack on September 5 in Kabul.

On its part, the Taliban warned that the USA will suffer heavy losses for ditching the key talks, yet the takeovers seem to be a continuation of their stick-and-carrot tactics.

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Expressing impatience with the continued burden of keeping 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, the president said it was not the United States military's role to secure the world.

But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence.

It's unfortunate Trump didn't learn from the three meetings he has had with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has not stopped his nation's weapons proliferation. We have a very specific number, ” he said.

Trump said the decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David was his, and so was the call to cancel it.

But the seizure of the district, which lies close to the border of Russia's military ally Tajikistan, comes days after the Taliban made another advance by capturing the Anar Darah neighborhood in western Afghanistan.

The Taliban also indicated that the talks were going well and they were on the verge of signing an agreement.

The longest war in US history is likely about to get a little longer. I've been saying from the campaign that we want to get out at the earliest possible time, ” he said. Donald Trump had said last month that he is planning to withdraw thousands of United States forces from Afghanistan, but after his new announcement of Saturday, this plan may get change.

It's unclear if the talks will resume because the Taliban won't trust future deals they negotiate with the USA if they think Trump might then change course, according to the former senior Afghan official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Trump has rightly criticized the Obama administration for that withdrawal.

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