More Americans will die according to the Taliban now that President Donald Trump has canceled a secret peace talk in Afghanistan. That says a spokesman for the terrorist group Sunday. Trump canceled the talks with the Taliban after an attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, in which twelve people died.
Trump was to meet with Taliban leaders on Sunday at the Camp David presidential residence, but talks have been under pressure in recent weeks. In Kabul in particular, suicide and bomb attacks followed one another, killing dozens of people.
An American soldier and a Romanian NATO soldier died in the most recent attack.
The Taliban says on Sunday that the Americans will lead the most by breaking off the talks. According to a spokesperson, the talks went smoothly until Sunday and the group would talk to the Afghan government on 23 September.
By the way, the most deadly attack, in which at least 63 people were killed and 182 were injured during a wedding, was not the Taliban. Islamic State (IS) has claimed the attack and the Taliban condemned the attack.
Peace according to Afghan president possible if violence stops
According to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, peace would only be possible if the Taliban stopped the violence completely and immediately entered into a discussion with the government.
The Afghan government had "expected more" from the Taliban, said a Ghani spokesperson: "The peace negotiations gave the Taliban an opportunity to participate in politics."
"We expected that this would lead to direct conversations between us and the Taliban, but they made no effort to engage in the conversation."
Taliban wants all foreign troops to leave Afghanistan
The Islamic movement wants all foreign troops to leave the country. Trump wants the Taliban, who now controls half of Afghanistan, to maintain security in the country and the terror organization must open peace talks with the US-backed government of Afghanistan.
As a sign of goodwill, the first 5,400 American soldiers would be recalled within 20 weeks.
According to Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, the chance of peace in Afghanistan is greater than ever. Stoltenberg, who has been in charge of NATO since 1 October 2014, says the peace talks between the US and the Taliban are bearing fruit.
Afghanistan has been at war for forty years. In 2018, the conflict was even the deadliest war in the world. For the US, it is now the longest war ever, writes the NOS.
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