Afghanistan: Taliban vows to fight on after Trump ends peace talks

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"We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid instructed AFP.

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.

"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead", Mr Trump mentioned on the White Home.

The attack highlights fears that United States negotiations with the Taliban won't end the daily violence in Afghanistan and its toll on civilians.

McKenzie said during a visit to Afghanistan that the Taliban "overplayed their hand" in peace negotiations by carrying out a spate of high profile attacks, including one that killed a USA soldier last week.

"We proved our resistance in the past 18 years".

"If they can not agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway", Trump said on Twitter on Saturday.

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

On 2 September, a huge explosion hit Kabul's PD9 district, where foreign troops and agencies are located, just hours after US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad‏ shared with the nation's leadership the details of a peace deal drafted during the ninth round of talks in the Qatari capital of Doha.

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.

The capital has been gripped by a surge in deadly violence even after the U.S. and the insurgents reached an agreement "in principle" that would see the Pentagon pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various Taliban security promises.

But in revealing on Twitter that he had considered and then canceled the summit, Trump went further and suspended negotiations entirely between the United States and the Taliban. "I am confident President Trump will continue the process of [reconciliation]". "That's not going to happen", McKenzie told reporters.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has been sidelined from the talks, renewed his call for peace and demanded that the Taliban should agree to a ceasefire amid rising civilian casualties.

Senator Mitt Romney said that "it wouldn't have been my choice to have the Taliban at Camp David" - an opinion echoed by Senator Ron Johnson, who said he was "glad" the talks were not held there.

The militants now control more territory than at any time since the 2001 United States invasion and have so far refused to talk to the Afghan government, whom they deride as American puppets.

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.

The objective is to make "the Afghan security forces stronger so that they can fight global terrorism and create the conditions for peace", the official said. "When they did that they killed 12 people", Trump said.

It is widely thought that Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal of USA troops in time for his 2020 reelection bid.

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