Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Trump Uses 9/11 to Vow to Hit Taliban 'Harder Than Ever'

Trump attends a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Oct. 5 2017 Trump attends a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Oct. 5 2017
Steven Clarke | 13 September, 2019, 06:31

New Delhi had maintained silence after President Trump had abruptly cancelled the talks.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which he said killed more than 200 commandos. The only surprise was that things had come as far as a possible Camp David meeting being contemplated. "I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people", he said.

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. Apparently, the talks are "dead" because personal gains trumped the peace process; Trump wanted to get re-elected, Ghani wanted the same coupled with his desire to be included in the peace process, and the Taliban stubbornly refused to talk to Ghani before a formal deal. I have a different opinion than they do - that's not unusual.

Levin stressed his discussion on the matter of the Taliban is meant to help President Trump and not hurt him and was again a difference of opinion. "This memorial where we gather for today's ceremony stands as an enduring testament to remember them, to honor them, to recall their sacrifice".

The Trump administration made two major mistakes at the start of the peace negotiations. Two, the Afghan government was kept out of the whole process of negotiations.

That claim was backed up by sources CBS News contacted at Resolute Support, the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Afghanistan.

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If Pakistan feels the U.S. is going to precipitously withdraw troops during the next year, it may decide that it's more important than ever to support a proxy like the Taliban to protect Pakistan's perceived interests in Afghanistan, which would be to keep India's influence to a minimum.

It is not clear whether the US-Taliban talks will resume.

Mr Trump has said he wants to withdraw around 5,000 of the 14,000 United States military personnel still in the country.

The US decision to keep the Afghan government out of the peace negotiations created the general impression in Kabul that the Trump administration wants to abandon the Afghan government to strike a deal with the Taliban.

On Saturday last, the U.S. president cancelled a "secret" summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart following the attack in Kabul, dealing a blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America's longest war.

India is also concerned that with Taliban in charge of affairs, anti-India terror outfits could find a safe haven in Afghanistan and use it as launch pad to launch attacks on India.

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