Afghan peace talks with Taliban are dead: Donald Trump

Afghan peace talks with Taliban are dead: Donald Trump

The secretary of state said Trump "broke it off" because he did not want to "reward that behavior", referring to Thursday's attack. "Not soldiers or innocent victims of terrorism", said Jim Riches, a retired NY deputy fire chief who responded to the 2001 terror attacks and lost his son, Jimmy, a fellow firefighter.

The two sides had reached a draft agreement in principle after more than a year of negotiations on the withdrawal of United States troops from the war-torn country.

The Taliban said more American lives would be lost as a result of Trump's decision to cancel talks. If not, then we are already on the battlefield of jihad. Civilians have suffered more than anyone in what was the world's deadliest war in 2018. The intended target was unknown and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Bringing US troops home from Afghanistan has been one of Trump's main foreign policy objectives. "I've been saying from the campaign that we want to get out at the earliest possible time", he said.

The capital has been gripped by a surge in deadly violence even after the USA and the insurgents reached an agreement "in principle" that would see the Pentagon pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various Taliban security promises. It came after the Taliban asserted the obligation of an assault in Kabul a week ago, in which an American trooper was among the dead.

Pompeo said that before they were invited to Camp David, Taliban leaders had agreed to reduce violence, sever their links to Al Qaeda and hold talks with the Afghan government. They were coming to the United States tonight. It's where peace has been negotiated many, many times.

The Taliban on Tuesday sought clarification from the U.S. 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. It's a chance to make his case for an elected Afghan government to speak directly with the Taliban instead of an interim one. Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, was the fourth USA service member killed in the past two weeks in Afghanistan. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?

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On Monday, Trump told reporters: "They're dead".

But in revealing on Twitter that he had considered and then canceled the summit, Trump went further and suspended negotiations entirely between the United States and the Taliban.

A statement released by Taliban leaders said, "This will further harm their credibility and will show their anti-peace stance in a more clear way".

On Twitter, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a "martyrdom seeker" - or suicide bomber - had triggered the auto bomb and that "foreign invaders" were killed.

The breakdown in talks comes as Afghanistan prepares to vote in presidential elections on 28 September.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

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