Published: Thu, September 12, 2019

Taliban attacks Kabul commando base in Afghanistan; four killed

Taliban attacks Kabul commando base in Afghanistan; four killed

The peace negotiations - which were in their final stages, only requiring a final sign-off from both parties - were meant to smooth the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan and ensure the Taliban did not use the country as a terrorist "safe haven".

Trump said if terrorists ever attack on U.S. soil again, the USA troops will go wherever they are, "and use power, the likes of which the United States has never used before".

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said on Tuesday that the country preferred direct talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban terrorist group, PTI reported. "I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people", he said.

Trump said he called off plans for secret peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David, Maryland last Sunday when he learned that a Taliban-claimed suicide attack had killed 12 in Kabul, including a US service member.

After a solemn commemoration at Ground Zero in Manhattan, Trump spoke at a Pentagon event honoring the almost 3 000 people killed in the attacks - announcing an unprecedented escalation of the military assault on the Taliban.

No one was injured during the attack, which came just after midnight on Wednesday. And I'm not even talking about nuclear power. "No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American armed forces".

Trump announced on Twitter Saturday that he'd been about to meet leaders of the Taliban - who harbored Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan - on Sunday at his Camp David presidential retreat.

They set the example, Trump said, for all Americans "today and every day to treasure our liberty, to live up to our values, to prove ourselves worthy to our heroes, to never ever forget". "The support and safe havens enjoyed from beyond Afghanistan's borders by groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, Daesh [Islamic State], as well as Al Qaeda and its proscribed affiliates, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, must be addressed", he said.

Around 2,400 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan. During his speech, he also explained why he cancelled his peace talks with the Taliban. Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in the country, a fraction of the peak of about 100,000 in 2010.

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