Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Taliban "overreached" with their vehicle bomb attack in a diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing an American soldier - and that led President Donald Trump to pull back from planned Afghanistan peace talks at Camp David.
However, the prospect of peace in Afghanistan collapsed on Saturday, when Trump said he had called off a secret meeting with Taliban leaders in Camp David, outside Washington to discuss the deal.
The developments came after U.S. and Taliban officials last week agreed on a draft deal that could have led to a withdrawal of troops from the US's longest war.
The U.S. -Taliban talks could still resume and the Taliban have signaled they are open to that.
"His (talks with the Taliban) are over", Trump said at the White House. "What's happening is this". The uncertainty also restricted Ghani; with U.S. -Taliban talks seemingly hurtling toward a deal he had been holding "virtual" campaign rallies via video conference instead of traveling out of the capital, Kabul. Trump alleged that the Taliban tried to pressurize him by carrying out a terrorist strike that among others killed an American soldier.
"But I think the Taliban had become convinced they could get just about any deal and it's good that the meeting canceled".
'They did a mistake, ' Trump said of the Taliban's deadly bomb attack.
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On Thursday, a Taliban vehicle bomb exploded and killed an American soldier, a Romanian service member and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. "So that's the way it is".
Three days later, three explosions rocked Kabul, killing dozens of people, including a United States soldier. Both sides were preparing for "the announcement and the signing of the agreement", their statement had said.
An unidentified official from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which maintains a force of about 16,000 troops in Afghanistan, told AFP on September 9 that its focus "remains unchanged" in the wake of Trump's decision to cancel the secret meeting.
'In terms of advisers, I took my own advice, ' he later told reporters.
"Yeah, we'd like to get out", he said. Trump said he called off the peace negotiations after the bombing, but Khalilzad, the US envoy negotiating with the Taliban, was meeting with leaders of the insurgent group in Doha, Qatar, on both Thursday and Friday.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan-born veteran USA diplomat who has been meeting with the Taliban in Qatar, has been leading the diplomatic process for almost a year. How do you define victory? "We would beat them very easily militarily if we wanted to by doing certain things and I'm not talking nuclear", Trump said. "At this time, the disappointing President Trump's tweets have been unbelievable and certainly damaged his credibility", the spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, had said.
"We have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and that was not meant to be the job of our Great Soldiers, the finest on earth", Trump tweeted on Monday. The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said to AFP, "We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations".