Taliban: Talks Should Resume From Where They Left Off

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"After the talks were called off by President Trump in September, the Taliban expressed, I think, a surprising willingness to sign a deal whenever the USA was ready, which shows that they were happy with it", Worden said. "I sat down, I had a gorgeous piece of turkey and I was all set to go".

"Since then, we've hit them so hard, they've never been hit this hard", he added.

This unannounced visit was Trump's first trip to Afghanistan, where Taliban militants and the Afghan government forces have intensified operations in the war-torn country recently. US troops have been fighting in Afghanistan for 18 years.

There are now about 13,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and the US has already scaled back and pulled at least 2,000 troops out within the past year, the Times reported.

Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and more than 2,400 American service members have been killed since the war began 18 years ago. That, he indicated, is why "they want to make a deal".

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American and Taliban negotiators have reportedly met for several rounds of peace talks since previous year, while the progress has been unable to finalize a peace agreement.

Mr Trump said Thursday the war in Afghanistan "will not be decided on the battlefield" and that "ultimately there will need to be a political solution" decided by people in the region.

This comes as the Taliban group released two western professors and 10 Afghan soldiers almost ten days ago after the Afghan government released three senior Haqqani Network leaders including Anas Haqqani.

He said an American drawdown would be contingent on "conditions" being met but did not specify what those conditions might be.

Talks between Washington and the Taliban sputtered in September without any formal conclusion.

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Trump also noted that he seeks to reduce the number of US troops in the central Asian country to 8,600, or even to a much lower level because of "new weaponry and technology".

"Please thank your families for agreeing to miss you on this special occasion and for being here defending United States security and our freedom", said the Afghan president, who learned of Trump's trip just hours before his arrival. Trump was escorted by heavily armed soldiers during his short displacements inside Bagram, a base that houses some 10,000 USA soldiers and officers and remains in maximum combat readiness, Tolo News reported.

"Afghanistan is the place from which the 911 attacks were launched and the place that has the largest concentration of terrorist organizations anywhere else in the world.the reason we're in Afghanistan is to protect our own citizens here at home", said Cotton.

When those journalists waited for him to emerge for a Thursday afternoon conference call with the troops, per his official schedule, they learnt that overnight he had flown the 13,400 km (8,331 miles) to Afghanistan to visit them in person.

Asked Wednesday if this was the amount that the military was planning to depart, Miley said no decisions were made but that has been among many choices.

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Cell telephones, hotspots and different gadgets emitting a sign have been confiscated from reporters touring with the president, who weren't informed the vacation spot of the journey till Air Pressure One was within the air and on route. Saphora Smith reported from London.

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