Published: Thu, September 12, 2019

Donald Trump says he was due to host Taliban at Camp David

Donald Trump says he was due to host Taliban at Camp David

She did, however, note that Trump made a bad choice in deciding when to hold the meeting, given the approaching deadline of the 9/11 attacks, which were carried out by the Al-Qaeda terror group which was then being given safe haven by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it".

The US military is likely to accelerate the pace of its operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks, a senior US general said on Monday following Washington's suspension of peace talks with the insurgents.

He said Russian Federation considers the U.S. -Taliban deal as an "important step" that would pave the way to the national reconciliation and further comprehensive settlement of the Afghan crisis, and expects it will finally happen.

On Thursday, a Taliban auto bomb exploded and killed an American soldier, a Romanian service member and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Trump's surprise weekend announcement benefits Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was sidelined in the negotiations as the Taliban dismiss his government as a USA puppet.

Driving another nail into the coffin of what had appeared to be almost finalised negotiations, Trump said a U.S. military onslaught on the guerrillas was at its fiercest level in a decade.

It came after the Taliban claimed responsibility of an attack in Kabul last week, in which an American soldier were among the 12 dead.

However, Pompeo also told CNN that Khalilzad and his team "made real progress" in Doha but now the Trump administration wanted to see if Taliban leaders were serious about the commitments they made in these months-long talks.

In exchange for some 5,400 USA troops leaving, the Taliban were to guarantee that Afghan soil would not be used as a base for terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State seeking to attack the West.

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.

But confidence in the Afghan electoral process is low.

One major problem has been the confusion about how the U.S. -Taliban negotiations would affect the election, along with the lack of worldwide consensus to prioritize "these two momentous processes". How many more decades are they willing to fight?

However, whether because of last week's killing of a United States soldier, as he says, or due to wider misgivings, that goal now appears in tatters.

On Monday, Trump said his administration was still thinking about a withdrawal of the 14,000 United States soldiers in the country.

Earlier on Monday, Trump denied reports that Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton strongly opposed his initial decision to hold meetings with Taliban leaders at Camp David, Maryland. "I'm not going to work with someone that can't deliver on their commitments'".

"It is not a satisfactory reason that recent attacks prompted Trump to call off the talks", he said, expressing the hope that the U.S. would return to the talks.

'But right now they're murdering too many people'.

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