Taliban vows to fight on after Trump says talks are 'dead'

US President Donald Trump AP

US President Donald Trump AP

The fight against Al-Qaeda was the initial reason for the US-led war that overthrew the Taliban following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

'If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it'. The US has been conducting peace talks with the Taliban and the two sides were hopeful of a deal that included America cutting down on troops in Afghanistan and guarantees by Taliban of not allowing the Afghan soil to be ever used again for terror activities.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has come out in defense of President Donald Trump's dramatic u-turn on an imminent peace agreement with the Taliban, suggesting that the militant group had become overly confident during recent negotiations.

"Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!" he wrote in a tweet.

Trump had hoped to cap months of U.S. negotiations with the Taliban militants, who control large parts of Afghanistan, with a secret meeting at Camp David that would include Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was aimed at securing an agreement to pull USA troops out of America's longest war of 18 years.

In his Twitter posts on Saturday, Trump said that he aborted the meeting because the Taliban, in what he described as an attempt to "build false leverage", had staged a suicide auto bomb attack in Kabul that killed 12 people including a USA soldier.

Almost 18 years after losing his brother-in-law on 9/11, Jim McCaffrey welcomes any effort to resolve the war in Afghanistan and credits Trump with trying to end it. US Marine General Kenneth McKenzie of US Central Command said the US military is likely to accelerate the pace of operations in Afghanistan to counter the upsurge.

Trump tweeted that he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Trump said the decision to invite the Taliban to Camp David was his, and so was the call to cancel it.

The Taliban warned the move would only hurt the Americans, adding that they'd been happy with the progress made thus far.

Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, acknowledged in comments to CNN on September 9 that "there were communications in the past few days of a possible trip to the United States so that the Afghan president can share and discuss the people's concern about a possible [U.S. -Taliban] deal that was on the brink to be signed".

But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence. We wanted to leave (from Afghanistan) but we will leave in due time. "But we'll get out at the right time". There's no way I'm meeting. "If you don't talk to them, it's just going to continue". What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?

The objective is to make "the Afghan security forces stronger so that they can fight worldwide terrorism and create the conditions for peace", the official said.

The Taliban "are the people who are partially responsible for our loved ones dying and other Americans dying", Riches said, but "I'd like to see it end".