Fighting intensifies in northern Afghanistan after talks collapse

The UN has called for fresh talks between Afghan groups after the US cancelled its discussions with Taliban negotiators one of whom is shown here in August in Qatar

President Donald Trump used 9/11 remembrance commemorations Wednesday to announce an unprecedented escalation of the U.S. military assault on Afghanistan's Taliban - just days after he wanted to hold peace talks with the insurgents.

He said that over "the last four days", USA forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue".

"They thought they would use this attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is an unrelenting weakness", Trump said.

For the 18 anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, President Trump is scheduled to attend a ceremony at the Pentagon hosted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

"We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations", spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

It's unclear if the U.S. -Taliban talks will resume, but Trump has said he wants to withdraw about 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. service members still in Afghanistan.

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Akbaruddin said that it is the Afghan people who will implement and bear the consequences of any agreements arrived at. "They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them", he added.

While the Afghan government's technical and operational preparations for the elections are on track, he said, "we still hear much anxiety expressed by Afghan citizens particularly in view of the Taliban's stated threat to disrupt the electoral process, especially by targeting civilians participating in the elections". A few days ago. The bombing left 12 people dead, including an American serviceman (the fourth United States soldier killed in two weeks) and a Romanian soldier. "So we found that arrangement acceptable, that the verification was adequate and we concluded it was a perfectly appropriate place", he said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, while referring to the now-cancelled secret meeting with the Afghan Taliban leaders at Camp David. His move comes after nine rounds of talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives, held in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar.

On Sept 2 when Mr Khalilzad told the Afghan TOLOnews that a peace agreement had been reached "in principle" with the Afghan Taliban, an explosives-laden tractor exploded in a housing compound used by various global organisations, killing 16 and wounding 19 others.

Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.

"For the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss", Trump said.

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