Peace Talks with Taliban Are 'Dead'

Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Blast heard near US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Trump has cited the death of a U.S. service member in one of those blasts as the reason why he now calls the U.S. -Taliban talks "dead".

Days before 9/11 might not be the right time, Camp David might not be the right place, and a peace agreement with the Taliban might not be realistic, but "you have to talk to the enemy if you want it to stop", Riches said.

US President Donald Trump (pictured left) may be seen speaking to the press on the White Home Garden yesterday.

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

The renewed war of words between the two sides raised the specter of violence in Afghanistan as Trump and the Taliban pledged to take the fight to each other following the precipitous collapse in talks.

A White House meeting with the Taliban would have been "a step too far", said Trump, adding that he thought "Camp David would be good, and I still do".

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On Monday, Trump reiterated that the negotiations were over.

"We've been a peacekeeper there, in a way, for 19 years", the president told reporters last month. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the next day that they had been cancelled "for the time being", and now Trump has said they are "dead".

Trump angrily denied that the whiplash effect of his sudden shifts on Afghanistan was causing turmoil. About 20,000 American and allied troops remain in Afghanistan, and the Taliban control or hold sway over almost half the country.

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

Kugelman tells VOA that it plays much better politically for Trump to leave Afghanistan with some type of deal than with no deal at all.

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In return, the Taliban would supply safety ensures to maintain extremist teams out.

Via Twitter on Saturday, Trump declared that the Taliban was trying to "build false leverage" in the peace talks.

Two Taliban vehicle bombs shook Kabul last week, killing several civilians and two members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission.

Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was in office at the time of the 2001 terrorist attack, said, "Camp David is where America's leaders met to plan our response after al-Qaida, supported by the Taliban, killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11".

There was also widespread consternation at the characteristically unpredictable manner of Trump's negotiating style.

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