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Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’

The US has been conducting peace talks with the Taliban and the two sides were hopeful of a deal that included America cutting down on troops in Afghanistan and guarantees by Taliban of not allowing the Afghan soil to be ever used again for terror activit Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’
Deanna Wagner | 12 September, 2019, 10:43

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US President Donald Trump said on Monday that US peace talks with the Taliban are dead after the group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an American soldier.

There have already been nine rounds of peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives, held in the Gulf state of Qatar.

However he cancelled the meeting and called off negotiations after the group admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed a USA soldier. Last week, both Taliban and Khalilzad indicated that the deal was nearly final and could soon be signed into a legal document.

The Taliban "are the people who are partially responsible for our loved ones dying and other Americans dying", Riches said, but "I'd like to see it end".

Scattered violence continued across the country on Monday as Afghans digested Mr Trump's reverse on talks.

Until this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the United States draw down troop levels in Afghanistan. "At this time, the disappointing President Trump's tweets have been unbelievable and certainly damaged his credibility", the spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, had said. "And when we get to that point ..."

But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence.

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It remains unclear if the U.S. -Taliban talks are over or only paused. "We would beat them very easily militarily if we wanted to by doing certain things and I'm not talking nuclear", Trump said. "They forgot that America is always going to protect its interests", he said.

It is widely thought that Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal of U.S. troops in time for his 2020 reelection bid.

"We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations", Mujahid said. "Now that US President Trump has announced the suspension of negotiations. this would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves", the group said in a statement on Sunday.

The Taliban continued their own campaign of indiscriminate bombing through talks and warned that Mr Trump's cancellation of negotiations would lead to more bloodshed.

The cancellation - announced on Twitter - was the first time most Americans learned that such a dramatic meeting was even planned. "And sadly, you often have to deal with some pretty bad characters to get peace".

"As far as I am concerned, they are dead", Trump told reporters at the White House. About 20,000 American and allied troops remain in Afghanistan, and the Taliban control or hold sway over almost half the country. "We've hit the Taliban and our enemy in Afghanistan harder than we haven't over 10 years, so I'm not discussing anything right now", he said.

"We proved our resistance in the past 18 years". On August 24, the sides' representatives reached an agreement on temporary parameters of the foreign forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan's territory during the ninth round of negotiations in Doha.