Donald Trump says Afghan peace talks with Taliban are 'dead'

An advisor from the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade stands at the fortification of a base during deployment to Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

The Taliban on Tuesday pledged to continue fighting against United States forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said peace talks with the armed group were "dead".

In a tweet that took Washington by surprise, Trump also announced that he had called off the planned secret meeting because of Thursday's Taliban attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier. It came after the Taliban asserted the obligation of an assault in Kabul a week ago, in which an American trooper was among the dead.

There have already been nine rounds of peace talks between the USA and Taliban representatives, held in the Gulf state of Qatar. The US has been conducting peace talks with the Taliban and the two sides were hopeful of a deal that included America cutting down on troops in Afghanistan and guarantees by Taliban of not allowing the Afghan soil to be ever used again for terror activities. "What's happening is this".

The Afghan people, essentially shut out of the talks, want a say in their fate.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the Taliban's political office in Doha, said communication channels with the USA were still open and the militant group was still in touch with the American negotiators, reports Efe news. Trump alleged that the Taliban tried to pressurize him by carrying out a terrorist strike that among others killed an American soldier.

The Taliban said on Sunday that more American lives would be lost as a result of Trump's decision to cancel talks. "I immediately canceled the meeting and called off peace negotiations", Trump tweeted. Spurned by Trump on the brink of a deal they said had been "finalized" to end almost 18 years of conflict, the insurgent group is more distrustful than ever and has vowed to keep fighting.

The White House said it reversed course on the talks in response to the death of a USA soldier in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week, an attack claimed by the Taliban. "So that's the way it is".

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The Taliban, Trump said, did a mistake.

Three days later, three explosions rocked Kabul, killing dozens of people, including a U.S. soldier.

On Monday, Trump said his administration was still thinking about a withdrawal of the 14,000 U.S. soldiers in the country.

"Yeah, we'd like to get out", he said.

The Taliban continued their own campaign of indiscriminate bombing through talks and warned that Mr Trump's cancellation of negotiations would lead to more bloodshed. I'm not looking to discuss it.

Pompeo said more than 1,000 Taliban have been killed in battle over the past 10 days alone. How do you define victory?

"We strongly believe that the decision that was taken by President Trump is a genuine reflection of the concerns not only the Afghan people have in regard to a flawed deal, or a deal that will only give elevation - or leverage - to a group that is heavily involved in violence", Sediqqi said. Afghanistan is a very interesting situation.

Rice appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday, giving her expert insight on the reported peace deal that could end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. "But we'll get out at the right time", he said.

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