Taliban seek US’ clarification on stalled peace talks

Trump cancels meetings with Taliban leaders and Afghanistan’s president

This attack had killed many people, including one US service member.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump, asked about the state of U.S. -Taliban peace talks, has said: "They're dead".

Inviting the Taliban leaders on America's land is the biggest development in the discussion going on between U.S. and Taliban and that too just a few days before the anniversary of 11, September 2001.

The announcement followed Trump's dramatic cancellation of a top-secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential facility outside Washington.

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.

Until this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the U.S. draw down troop levels in Afghanistan.

The Taliban said more American lives would be lost as a result of Trump's decision to cancel talks.

President Trump, Pompeo said, was focused on two main objectives: reduction of risk and cost levels for America and peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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.

Trump, who has said he would like to reduce US troop numbers to about 8,600, addressed promises made since his presidential campaign to leave Afghanistan.

Ghani, who was sidelined from months of negotiations between United States officials and Taliban representatives, had been deeply suspicious of the talks.

On Monday, Trump told reporters: "They're dead". I've been saying from the campaign that we want to get out at the earliest possible time, ” he said. "If you don't talk to them, it's just going to continue". "We are talking, we are talking to the government, we are talking to a lot of different people, and we will see", Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

However, whether because of last week's killing of a USA soldier, as he says, or due to wider misgivings, that goal now appears in tatters.

He insisted that the militant group had not violated any terms and added that there would be no promises before signing the deal.

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.

'I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent, ' Senator Marco Rubio said. "If they [Taliban] don't deliver on the commitments that they've made to us now for weeks and in some cases months, the president of the United States is not going to reduce the pressure, we're not going to reduce our support for the Afghan Security Forces that have fought so hard there".

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