Taliban Leaders Threaten Americans' Lives After Trump Canceled Secret Meeting

US President Donald Trump AP

US President Donald Trump AP

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he canceled secret meetings with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani scheduled to take place at Camp David.

This was in response to latest remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper who said on Saturday that while Washington was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, it would not accept just "any deal".

But Trump said he immediately called the talks off when the insurgents said they were behind the attack.

Here's a look at the push for a deal that Trump had wanted quickly, calling it "ridiculous" that the US was still in Afghanistan after almost 18 years and billions of dollars spent.

"For the time being they are", Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday", when asked by host Chris Wallace if the talks were off. But the militant group now controls or holds sway over roughly half of the country.

The Afghan government sees the postponement of the Sep.

The development emerged after the USA envoy negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, abruptly returned to Qatar for unexpected talks with the insurgents on the deal that he had described as complete just days ago. The Taliban have rejected negotiations with the Afghan government, seeing it as a puppet of the U.S., though it has expressed willingness to meet with Afghan officials in their personal capacity.

It's unclear if the U.S. -Taliban talks are over or only paused. He is believed to command enough respect to sell a deal to tens of thousands of fighters.

The deal once final would begin a US troop withdrawal with the first 5,000 leaving within 135 days, Khalilzad announced on Monday.

The United States ended its combat role in 2014, although 20,000 USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces remain.

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Mr Stanton is hopeful the protocol will ensure a more timely and coordinated response in the future. Communications minister Paul Fletcher likewise said blocks didn't represent a "universal solution".

However, several big attacks in Afghanistan, including in capital Kabul, led to instant criticism that the Taliban were not serious about peace.

The move by Trump to meet with the Taliban was stunning considering the fact that they have killed thousands of American soldiers since the United States invaded the nation one month after the deadly September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Far from guaranteeing a ceasefire, the deal includes only a reduction in violence in Kabul and neighboring Parwan province, where the USA has a military base. "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 continued. Khalilzad abruptly returned to Qatar for at least two days of negotiations. In a recent article, the New York Times reported alleged shouting matches between him and Khalilzad over the deal with Taliban.

Afghanistan has welcomed latest remarks made by the Pentagon chief on the controversial peace deal with the Taliban.

His administration had consistently offered unconditional negotiations to the Taliban, only to be rebuffed by the militant group.

The letter also says the airport provided discounted rooms and free rounds of golf at Turnberry for US military members.

It is not clear.

"Unbeknownst to nearly everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday", Trump said in a tweet.

The Afghan government did not directly comment on Trump's announcement but repeated its plea for an end to violence.

The Taliban want the elections to be canceled as a precondition to signing a peace accord with the Americans.

"Camp David has a long history, an important history", Pompeo said. After word emerged that a Washington visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had been postponed, some assumed Ghani had been trying to make a last-minute effort to meet Trump to express concerns about the nearing deal.

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