Taliban seek US' clarification on stalled peace talks

AFP: Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are'dead

AFP: Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are'dead

"This will lead to more losses to the U.S.; its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world", said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban.

'If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it'. We have hit the Taliban harder in the last four days than they have been hit in over 10 years.

"They're dead, they're dead, as far as I'm concerned, they're dead", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump had hoped to cap months of United States negotiations with the Taliban militants, who control large parts of Afghanistan, with a secret meeting at Camp David that would include Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was aimed at securing an agreement to pull United States troops out of America's longest war of 18 years.

Driving one other nail into the coffin of what had seemed to be nearly finalised negotiations, Trump mentioned a USA army onslaught on the guerrillas was at its fiercest stage in a decade. "While we certainly want that, there is so much more involved in the peace process", said Judd, who lost her partner, Christine Egan, in the attack on the World Trade Center. Catch all of the Stay TV motion on HEARALPUBLICIST 24×7 and HEARALPUBLICIST India.

In return, the Taliban would offer security guarantees to keep extremist groups out. "I hope it's the case the Taliban will change their behaviour and recommit to things we've talked about", he added further.

The death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, who was killed in the Kabul bombing, is a tragedy and proof that the Taliban has continued to engage in violence even as its representatives have been negotiating with the U.S. But that could hardly have come as news to the president.

When asked about the decision to cancel the talks, Trump said, "He (Taliban) thought he would have to kill people to put himself in a better position in the talks ..."

Smoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul on September 3, 2019.

Getting out of Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have fought against the Taliban for almost two decades, has been a top priority for Trump and on Monday he reiterated his intention of pulling out "by the earliest possible time". "That's not going to happen". Ashraf Ghani is seeking a second five-year term.

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.

Several Republican lawmakers concurred with the president's decision on the talks.

Speaking earlier Saturday in Paris, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the United States would only accept a "good deal" with the Taliban - words welcomed by the government in Kabul. "If you don't talk to them, it's just going to continue".

It was unclear whether the talks were cancelled indefinitely or only suspended for the time being.

An unidentified official from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which maintains a force of about 16,000 troops in Afghanistan, told AFP on September 9 that its focus "remains unchanged" in the wake of Trump's decision to cancel the secret meeting.

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

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