REPORT: More Americans will die after Trump abruptly ends Afghan talks, Taliban say

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KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel Afghan peace talks will cost more American lives, the Taliban said on Sunday while the United States promised to keep up military pressure on the militants, in a stunning reversal of efforts to forge a deal ending nearly 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

The Islamist group issued a statement after Trump unexpectedly canceled secret talks planned for Sunday with the Taliban’s major leaders at the presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland. He broke off the talks on Saturday after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul last week that killed an American soldier and 11 others.

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Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, criticized Trump for calling off the dialogue and said U.S. forces have been pounding Afghanistan with attacks at the same time.

“This will lead to more losses to the U.S.,” he said. “Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase.”

In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Afghan peace talks were on hold and Washington would not reduce U.S. military support for Afghan troops until it was convinced the Taliban could follow through on significant commitments.

The United States has recalled U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad to chart the path forward, Pompeo said in appearances on Sunday TV news shows. Asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether Afghan talks were dead, Pompeo said, “For the time being they are.”

Trump has long wanted to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – since his days as a candidate – and American diplomats have been talking with Taliban representatives for months about a plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban.

U.S. and Taliban negotiators struck a draft peace deal last week that could have led to a drawdown of troops from America’s longest war. There are currently 14,000 U.S. forces as well as thousands of other NATO troops in the country, 18 years after its invasion by a U.S.-led coalition following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

Fighting in Afghanistan has continued amid the talks and recent assaults by the Taliban cast doubts over the draft deal. As violence has escalated, Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani have been increasingly critical of the deal and encouraged the Taliban to enter direct talks.

Asked whether the collapse of talks put a U.S. troop pullout on hold as well, Pompeo said the issue would be discussed. “The president hasn’t yet made a decision on that,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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4 Comments

  1. Joretta Hutton September 8th, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    They had no intention of any kind of peace. It was a ploy to buy time to ready an attack on the U.S. They lie thru their teeth and laugh at how gullible America is. They cannot be trusted.

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  2. Ruth September 8th, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    To believe negotiation snd diplomacy are somehow relevant when dealing with terrorists is unspeakably ignorant and very dangerous . Bring the hammer down President Trump

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  3. U September 8th, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Let’s not forget that per the Quran These terrorists are permitted to lie. My president knows exactly what he’s doing. Trump 2020

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  4. Gerald September 9th, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Why don’t the US just go in all out and Finnish these cave men off your supposed to be one of best military IN the world and you let these cavemen rule the war you idiots grow some balls and go in and take them all out if you guys are that good??????? Oh I forgot it keeps the military in money doesn’t it oh yes money money money

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