Former U.S. Ambassador: Taliban Talks Is 'The Road To Failure'

Afghan peace deal: Taliban says US has most to lose from cancelled talks

Julián Castro refers to "bizarre episode" of Donald Trump supposedly calling off Taliban peace talks

Washington Post: "Collapse of Afghanistan peace talks spotlights internal Trump administration divisions" - "Plans for US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, in keeping with President Trump's pledge to end the war there, were thrown into confusion Sunday, following Trump's decision to call off a secret meeting he planned with Afghan and Taliban leaders to secure a peace deal".

He added, "What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?"

'They did something that they sure as hell shouldn't have done, ' he said.

Ghani, who was sidelined from months of negotiations between USA officials and Taliban representatives, had been deeply suspicious of the talks.

Pompeo said that before they were invited to Camp David, Taliban leaders had agreed to reduce violence, sever their links to Al Qaeda and hold talks with the Afghan government.

The Taliban's statement came after Trump said the U.S. was walking away from negotiations after almost a year of talks that aimed to pave the way for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Asked if the U.S. would keep all 14,000 troops still in Afghanistan or reduce them to 8,600 as announced last week, Pompeo said: "We're going to have to take a good look at that ..."

Democrats said Trump's decision to nix a deal with the Taliban was evidence that he was moving too quickly to get one.

MARTIN: So just to restate what you just said, the Taliban had believed that they had struck a final deal with the United States - understand the Afghan government isn't part of this.

Asked what his message was in his talks on Monday with US special operations forces, medical teams and other personnel he visited at bases in Afghanistan, McKenzie told reporters that they would need to keep fighting the "hard fight" for now. The bombing was one of many attacks by the Taliban in recent days during U.S. -Taliban talks. If Trump expected a cease-fire during the diplomatic efforts, why did Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appear on multiple Sunday shows yesterday, assuring the public that "in the last ten days", USA forces have killed "over 1,000 Taliban" troops?

Trump, who has said he would like to reduce USA troop numbers to about 8,600, addressed promises made since his presidential campaign to leave Afghanistan.

Khalilzad, the lead USA negotiator, recently announced that he had reached an agreement in principle with the Taliban.

"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead", Mr Trump mentioned on the White Home. After weeks of anticipation that a peace agreement would be announced, President Trump announced Saturday in a tweet that he was calling off talks with the Taliban. "So we will not be surprised if we see more attacks, but they have already done it". But he noted that US troops in Afghanistan were hardly "defenseless".

Trump's tweet was surprising because it would mean that the president was ready to host members of the Taliban at the presidential retreat in Maryland just days before the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"Camp David's held meetings with a lot of people who would be perceived as pretty tough customers". "Our soldiers are incredible, but they are serving as policemen, to a large extent", Trump said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, says there has been no further contact with USA officials since the Trump tweets.

And the plan to use Camp David, where Jimmy Carter famously negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, is bringing an extra measure of passion to the debate. Afghanistan's own security forces are woefully ill-equipped to tackle the Taliban and other militant groups on their own. He said the U.S. would maintain a military presence in Afghanistan. We have fought for 18 years and we will fight for a hundred years.

The Taliban so far has refused to talk with the USA -recognized Afghan government, calling it a puppet regime.

The Taliban said it would "lead to more losses for the US", "harm [its] credibility" and "show their anti- peace stance in [a] more clear way".

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