Following disruption of peace negotiations, Trump says Taliban has never been hit harder

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Following disruption of peace negotiations, Trump says Taliban has never been hit harder
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Following disruption of peace negotiations, Trump says Taliban has never been hit harder
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In the aftermath of President Trump’s cancellation of a planned meeting with Taliban leaders, the US President claims the group has “never been hit harder.” Over the weekend, US and Afghan forces announced that nearly 40 Taliban fighters were killed, including two senior commanders, during a recent joint military operation. Taliban leaders were to meet with Trump and the President of Afghanistan at Camp David until President Trump abruptly cancelled the meeting.

“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,” President Trump announced on Twitter. “They were coming to the United States tonight. 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. 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,” President Trump continued. “They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

Many criticized the president’s decision to hold the event at Camp David, especially considering how closely the proposed meeting would have corresponded with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Even some Republicans panned the move. Congresswoman Liz Cheney wrote on Twitter, “Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. No member of the Taliban should set foot there.”

The escalating conflict between the Taliban and US forces was the subject of a recent tweet from the president. “The Taliban has never been hit harder than it is being hit right now,” he wrote. “Killing 12 people, including one great American soldier, was not a good idea. There are much better ways to set up a negotiation. The Taliban knows they made a big mistake, and they have no idea how to recover!”

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