Taliban ‘shura’, not Trump, had cancelled USA visit: Taliban official

Trump said that a US military onslaught on the guerrillas was back up at its fiercest in a decade

Trump said that a US military onslaught on the guerrillas was back up at its fiercest in a decade

The United States and the Taliban were reportedly close to a deal but talks came to a grinding halt over the weekend when Trump pulled the plug in response to a deadly attack in Kabul last week that killed one US soldier and 11 others.

September 11 victims' relatives and first responders digested the news Monday with mixed feelings. America's top diplomat isn't saying whether or when peace talks would resume. "I've watched the Taliban do things and say things they've not been permitted to do before". "Not soldiers or innocent victims of terrorism", said Jim Riches, a retired NY deputy fire chief who responded to the terror 2001 attacks and lost his son, Jimmy, a fellow firefighter.

The longest war in US history is likely about to get a little longer.

The insurgent group hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as he masterminded the 9/11 attacks in 2001. That date was to be either November 2020, the same month of the USA presidential election, or January 2021, he said.

File - Firetrucks sit amid the rubble near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in NY on September 11, 2001.

"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, losses to lives and assets will increase".

But then on Saturday, Trump revealed that he had cancelled an unprecedented meeting between the Taliban and himself at storied Camp David.

Washington also said it would not relent in fighting the militants after Trump blamed the scuttling of the unprecedented meeting on a Taliban attack that killed a USA soldier.

The Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, said on Sunday that the insurgent group had already reached an accord with the U.S., calling Trump's sudden announcement of the cancellation of the talks "surprising". "To have them at Camp David is totally unacceptable".

"I think it would be great if the troops were withdrawn".

The Taliban militants now control more territory than at any time since the 2001 U.S. invasion.

The Afghan presidency in a statement also insisted that "real peace can only be achieved if the Taliban stop killing Afghans and accept a ceasefire, and face-to-face talks with the Afghan government".

In announcing the cancellation of Sunday's planned meetings, Trump cited a Taliban attack in Kabul last week in which 12 people, including a United States soldier, were killed.

His original peace talk plan, which was for the three parties to hold discussions at Camp David received bipartisan backlash, as both Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor, John Bolton discouraged the meeting.

It's unclear whether Trump will go ahead with planned USA troop cuts and how the collapse of his talks will play out in deeply divided Afghanistan.

President Trump canceled a planned Camp David meeting with Taliban representatives in a move that proved he is different than former President Barack Obama, according to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. They made a big mistake. A retired firefighter, he was at ground zero on 9/11 and lost his firefighter son, Jonathan, there.

Many in Washington were shocked and some were angry that the Taliban had been on the point of visiting the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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