Afghanistan: Taliban vow to fight on after Trump ends peace talks

Afghanistan: Taliban vow to fight on after Trump ends peace talks

Afghanistan: Taliban vow to fight on after Trump ends peace talks

The explosion took place on 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reiterated, however, his commitment to the people-owned peace process amid the breakup of the US-Taliban peace talks.

In announcing the end to peace talks, Trump accused the Taliban of using terror to strengthen their position, echoing members of his administration.

Pompeo: Trump Correctly Called Off Taliban Talks Because of Its Terrorist Attacks video player. The president said he chose to cancel the meeting and lashed out at the Taliban, saying they killed to "strengthen their bargaining position". "They didn't, they only made it worse!"

Monday, Trump said those negotiations are over.

"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead", Trump said at the White House.

"We've been a peacekeeper there, in a way, for 19 years", the president told reporters last month.

Till this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that may see the U.S. draw down troop ranges in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the war "remains at a stalemate", a top USA watchdog agency reported last month.

As many as 14,000 U.S. troops still remain in Afghanistan, which Trump had earlier this year promised to bring home.

The militant group responded harshly to the abrupt about-face, vowing to wage "jihad" against the United States and renew efforts to capture new territory in Afghanistan.

The Taliban's assertion got here hours after Trump instructed reporters that the U.S. was strolling away from negotiations after nearly a 12 months of talks that aimed to pave the way in which for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of struggle.

He pointed to Taliban's stated threat to disrupt the electoral process, stressing attacks directed against polling centers and civilians participating in the electoral process are unacceptable and urging the Taliban to retract the threat.

A powerful explosion occured near us embassy in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, early Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources. The US had committed up to 1,00,000 troops in Afghanistan, until 2011, when its forces killed the mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden.

Trump gave the assessment of peace negotiations, which had been going on between US and Taliban officials for months, on September 9.

The US and the Taliban have for almost a year been attempting to negotiate a peace deal that would ensure the withdrawal of foreign troops in exchange for the movement's guarantee that the country will not become a safe haven for terrorists.

The president also stated that US forces have "hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they've been in over 10 years".

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