Taliban vow to fight on after Trump says talks are 'dead'

Afghan security forces keep watch during fighting with the Taliban

Afghan security forces keep watch during fighting with the Taliban

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in the early hours of September 11. But it has come just a day after the Taliban pledged to retaliate after US President Donald Trump ended the peace talks abruptly. On the other side of the debate was National Security Advisor John Bolton whom Trump fired Tuesday.

Afghanistan has long suffered with unstable security.

The move to call off the talks is "a major blow to the peace process on the whole", according to Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center's senior associate for South Asia. About 20,000 American and allied troops remain in Afghanistan, and the Taliban control or hold sway over almost half the country. The next day, the United States president said peace talks with the militant group were "dead" and declared that the country's military had increased attacks on the insurgents.

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.

'If Trump desires to cease talks, we are going to take the primary manner and they'll quickly remorse it'.

A number of Republican lawmakers concurred with the president's determination on the talks. "At a certain point you have to say that's long enough".

Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul Afghanistan
Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul Afghanistan

Kugelman tells VOA that it plays much better politically for Trump to leave Afghanistan with some type of deal than with no deal at all. No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Perhaps it was because the US President baulked at the optics of having the Taliban over on the 9/11 anniversary, or had second thoughts about giving the go-ahead to an agreement which his Secretary of State had reportedly refused to put his signature on.

Tallon wants USA troops home, and she really wants the US government to do more to probe allegations, which she and others have raised in a lawsuit, that Saudi government employees knowingly assisting the hijacking plot.

After Trump called off the Camp David meetings, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said his government is conditionally ready to continue peace negotiations.

"Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!" he wrote in a tweet. "We have chosen sustainable and dignified peace, and we will not go back", he said.

Judd hopes the Afghan government - which has been largely sidelined from the negotiations - and civilians will have a role in a broader peace process that would produce a durable cease-fire. That, Khalilzad had said, was for the Afghans to work out with the Taliban.

"Unfortunately, today we are as far away from peace as we were in past years", he said.

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