MANIAC Taliban leaders have warned that Donald Trump’s scrapping of peace talks with the militant group could lead to more “human losses.”
The US President said he called off the planned meeting at his Camp David retreat due yesterday after a car bomb attack in Afghanistan claimed the lives of 12 people including an American soldier.
The Taliban said the cancellation of peace talks with the US would result in ‘human losses’. The militant set off a car bomb in Kabul that killed a US soldier and 11 others on Thursday[/caption]
Trump tweeted: “I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?”
But now the Taliban has warned that the cancellations of the agreement would “harm America more than anyone else”.
A spokesman for the terror group said peace talks had been conducted in a favourable atmosphere” for a year.
But he added that scrapping the deal “will damage [America’s] status, will make it clear to the world its most hostile stance for peace, will increase its material and human losses, and its role will be known as shaky and fragile in political dealings”.
PEACE DEAL SCRAPPED
Trump invited “major leaders” of the Taliban to the US – just days before the anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities.
But the Republican leader branded Thursday’s attack, which the militant group claimed responsibility for, an attempt by the terrorists to build “false leverage” in the talks – which were also due to involve the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
Making the extraordinary revelation on Twitter, President Trump wrote: “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday.
“They were coming to the United States tonight.”
US President Trump scrapped the peace deal when news of the car bomb attack emerged[/caption]
President Trump added: “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.”
Thursday’s attack – which also killed a Romanian serviceman and 10 civilians – came as the US and the Taliban hoped to be close to finalising a peace deal.
The US soldier – named as Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz of Morovis, Puerto Rico – was the fourth killed in the past two weeks in Afghanistan.
Another 42 people were wounded in the blast near the offices of the NATO Resolute Support mission.
Responding to the atrocity, President Ghani said: “Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless.”
Taliban fighters now control more territory than at any time since the US intervention began in 2001.
Trump’s tweets are the latest in a series of unprecedented moves by the president in ripping up typical White House protocol.
Such specific details about the content and location of secret backroom talks are usually never discussed openly by a US administration.
Camp David is a rural military facility and presidential retreat located in the woods of Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland.
Last week, US and Taliban negotiators struck a draft deal that could lead to a drawback in US troops from America’s longest war.
But a wave of Taliban violence has cast a long shadow over the deal.
US Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, who oversees American troops in the region, said: “It is particularly unhelpful at this moment in Afghanistan’s history for the Taliban to ramp up violence.”
Taliban fighters and supporters celebrating an earlier ceasefire amid tense peace talks[/caption]
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was also due to take part in the peace talks at President Trump’s Camp David retreat[/caption]
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