Trump's Afghanistan decision pushes country toward vote
Trump's Afghanistan decision pushes country toward vote
Mike Pompeo said after talks were cancelled 'If you’re the Taliban conditions have been worsening and they’re about to get worse.'
12 September, 2019, 10:41
The Taliban, which controls more territory than at any time since 2001 when it governed the country, said on Sunday that more American lives would be lost. "We would beat them very easily militarily if we wanted to by doing certain things and I'm not talking nuclear", Trump said.
President Donald Trump's sudden halt to U.S. -Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks' time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside.
"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead", Trump said when asked about the long-running talks with the militant group in Qatar.
The suspension throws into doubt last week's draft deal agreed between the United States and the Taliban which would have seen a major USA troop withdrawal - offering Washington an opportunity to end its longest-running conflict.
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.
However he cancelled the meeting and called off negotiations after the group admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. soldier.
He assured the American public that United States commanders in Afghanistan had all the authority they need to protect American forces and to prevent attacks on the homeland.
Trump stunned the world on Saturday when he announced the cancellation of a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Trump scrapped talks with the Taliban planned for Camp David over the weekend after an American soldier was killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul last week.
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.
The U.S. -Taliban talks could still resume and the Taliban have signaled they are open to that. "I am confident President Trump will continue the process of [reconciliation]".
Getting out of Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have fought a largely fruitless battle against the Taliban over almost two decades, was a top priority. "That's not going to happen", McKenzie told a group of reporters traveling with him during a stop at Bagram Airfield in northeastern Afghanistan.
One major problem has been the confusion about how the U.S. -Taliban negotiations would affect the election, along with the lack of worldwide consensus to prioritize "these two momentous processes".
However, whether because of last week's killing of a U.S. soldier, as he says, or due to wider misgivings, that goal now appears in tatters.
Trump would like to reduce U.S. troop numbers to about 8,600.
'I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent, ' Senator Marco Rubio said. "I'm not going to work with someone that can't deliver on their commitments'". The talks are "dead", Trump now says.
Trump said that he has not discussed about the possibility of meeting with the Taliban in the future.
'But right now they're murdering too many people'.
Trump ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday, and Afghanistan was one of the key flashpoints between the men. "They thought they could use the attack to show strength, but actually what they showed is weakness", Trump said.
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