Trump cancels peace deal with Taliban following attack

By Doug Mattushek - 08 September 2019Views : 621

President of the United Sates Donald Trump has called off a peace deal with the Taliban following an attack by the extremist group.

The BBC reports that Trump was set for a historic meeting with Taliban leaders and the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, on Sunday. The parties were due to meet at Trump’s Camp David retreat, however, after the Taliban admitted to an attack in which a US soldier was killed, Trump called off the meeting.

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A peace deal was on the cusp of going through following no less than nine rounds of talks between US and Taliban representatives. The deal included the withdrawal of 5400 troops of the 14 000 strong army the US still has on the ground in Afghanistan.

However, on Thursday, a car bomb in Kabul killed 12 people, including a US soldier. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, [the Taliban] admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers," the president tweeted.

"I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations."