Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

In the almost 18 years of fighting since then, the number of USA troops in Afghanistan soared to 100,000 and dropped dramatically after bin Laden was killed in neighboring Pakistan in 2011.

But as he canceled the meeting, Trump also declared the peace negotiations "dead".

Trump tweeted Saturday that he canceled an until-then-clandestine weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban representatives and Afghanistan leaders. Monday, Trump said those negotiations are over. "Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless", said Ghani last week.

Until this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the USA draw down troop levels in Afghanistan.

In return, the Taliban would supply safety ensures to maintain extremist teams out.

The White House said it reversed course on the talks in response to the death of a U.S. soldier in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week, an attack claimed by the Taliban.

The cancellation - introduced on Twitter - was the primary time most Individuals realized that such a dramatic assembly was even deliberate.

September 11 marks the 18th anniversary of the attack by Al-Qaeda on World Trade Center in NY in 2001.

There was additionally widespread consternation on the characteristically unpredictable method of Trump's negotiating model.

But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence.


Trump added that he had no second thoughts about his actions.

'By way of advisers, I took my very own recommendation, ' he later instructed reporters.

A big part of Trump's 2016 election victory and subsequent first term in office has been his determination to keep the USA out of what he sees as unnecessary wars in Syria and other mostly Muslim countries.

Regardless of a fiercely pro-Israeli global coverage and the presence of hawks like nationwide safety adviser John Bolton in his cupboard, he has up to now resisted escalating the navy standoff with longtime foe Iran. A tentative peace deal would have seen the USA withdraw 4,500 troops from the country within 20 weeks, in return for Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan would never again be used as a base for terrorism.

The now-defunct accords were said to include the withdrawal of 14,000 US troops through the end of 2020.

Trump repeated on Monday that he needed 'to get out by the earliest attainable time'.

However, whether because of last week's killing of a USA soldier, as he says, or due to wider misgivings, that goal now appears in tatters.

Trump said he felt that the Taliban had carried out the violence to put them in a better bargaining position in the negotiations.

Several Republican lawmakers concurred with the president's decision on the talks. The Taliban, who control or hold sway over roughly half the country, have told Afghans to boycott the vote and warned that rallies and polling stations would be targets.

"I don't see where those negotiations go".

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