After Trump says talks are 'dead', Taliban vows to fight on

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Bringing US troops home is one of Trump's main foreign policy objectives and the Republican president said his administration was thinking about a drawdown of 14 000 US soldiers in the country.

Days before 9/11 might not be the right time, Camp David might not be the right place, and a peace agreement with the Taliban might not be realistic, but "you have to talk to the enemy if you want it to stop", Riches said.

Trump sensationally announced on Saturday that Taliban leaders had been due to travel to the USA ahead of the Camp David meeting, which was slated to secure an agreement to end the fighting in Afghanistan.

The Taliban this morning vowed to proceed preventing in opposition to United States forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump mentioned talks with insurgents had been "dead", saying Washington would remorse abandoning negotiations.

The attack highlights fears that U.S. negotiations with the Taliban won't end the daily violence in Afghanistan and its toll on civilians.

The Taliban on Tuesday sought clarification from the USA after Washington called off peace negotiations with the Afghan insurgent group following a suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 people including an American soldier.

"They (the Taliban) thought that (they) had to kill people in order to put themselves in a little better-negotiating position".

Many in Washington were shocked and some were angry that the Taliban had been about to visit the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Responding to a question, Trump said that he has a specific number of troops that he would withdraw from Afghanistan, but would not tell the media.

He said this was in retaliation for the killing of a United States soldier by the Taliban in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week.

"The problem is that this is a power struggle between Taliban insurgents and foreign envoys", says Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary.

Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, acknowledged in comments to CNN on September 9 that "there were communications in the past few days of a possible trip to the United States so that the Afghan president can share and discuss the people's concern about a possible [U.S. -Taliban] deal that was on the brink to be signed". "I am confident President Trump will continue the process of [reconciliation]". "When I heard very simply that they killed one of our soldiers and 12 other innocent people, I said there's no way I'm meeting on that basis. We are talking, we are talking to the government, we are talking to a lot of different people, and we will see", Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. It's where peace has been negotiated many, many times.

"They (talks with the Taliban) are dead".

"Yeah, we'd like to get out", he said.

Khalilzad had said in Kabul that he had reached an agreement in principle with the Taliban. The Taliban has said that its negotiators would have traveled to the USA only after an agreement with the US was announced and would meet only with USA officials, which rules out a summit with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

It is widely thought that Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal of USA troops in time for his 2020 reelection bid.

'I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent, ' Senator Marco Rubio said.

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