Donald Trump vows to 'hit Taliban harder than ever' on 9/11 anniversary

Former Vice President Joe Biden

US President Donald Trump ended the negotiations as they were reported to be on the verge of a conclusion citing Taliban attacks that killed US military personnel.

The planned summit at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland was never made public.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. Trump wants the world to believe that it was he who cancelled the meeting because of last Thursday's attack that killed 12 people, including an American Sgt First Class Elis A Barreto Ortiz. "They've been hit very hard", he said.

He recounted how he called off the talks after the Taliban admitted carrying out a bombing in Kabul that killed Army Sgt. Elis A. Barreto Ortiz.

Whatever the situation surrounding the pace of US operations, Pentagon leaders have acknowledged for years that the conflict is stuck in a bloody stalemate, and much of the countryside remains in partial or full Taliban control. Earlier the same week, the USA president had shocked even some of the White House staff by suddenly firing his foreign security advisor at a time when the country is engaged in several fragile negotiations, and apparently with no contingency plan in sight.

President Trump's tweet to call off the secret summit with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David came as a big surprise.

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Their nationalist message "allows them to recruit a basically endless supply of new fighters from every corner of the country", he said. "This has deepened apprehensions that acts of terror are being used to jockey for a place of advantage in the negotiating process", Akbaruddin said.

By ceasing to engage with Taliban, which enjoys support and protection from India's beleaguered neighbour Pakistan, US has validated New Delhi's long-standing policy on Afghanistan.

In March, India conveyed to the United States that it should not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan without putting in place an elected "political structure" to govern the country.

As many as 100,000 USA troops were in Afghanistan at the invasion's peak, and more than 2,400 have been killed.

In a significant move, India had sent two former diplomats in "non-official" capacity to a conference on Afghan peace process in Moscow last November which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation.

"The attack on the United States 18 years ago was the most violent attack - the most deadly attack - on the continental United States in American history", he said. "Afghanistan is poised to renew its commitment to an order which ensures a democratically elected government is at the heart of any process to determine a peaceful settlement of its issues", he said.

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