On Saturday, President Trump announced that he had invited Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for talks at Camp David, but he had canceled the plans after learning that a auto bombing from the Taliban had killed Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, last Thursday.
U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Afghanistan that the Taliban overplayed its hand in peace negotiations by carrying out a spate of high-profile attacks, including one that killed a U.S. soldier last week.
Asked if that meant military activity would increase, he said "I'll leave it to the Department of Defence to talk about specifics, but no one should underestimate President Trump's commitment to achieving those goals".
However, the prospect of peace in Afghanistan collapsed on Saturday, when Trump said he had called off a secret meeting with Taliban leaders in Camp David, outside Washington to discuss the deal.
Washington also said it would not relent in fighting the militants after Trump blamed the scuttling of the unprecedented meeting on a Taliban attack that killed a USA soldier.
"They thought they had to kill people in order to put themselves in a little better negotiating position. He can't do that to me".
"Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!" he said in a tweet.
'I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent, ' Senator Marco Rubio said.
In recent years, USA negotiators held several rounds of low-key talks with the militants in their political office in Doha, Qatar, providing some opening for a possible truce.
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The announcement followed Trump´s dramatic cancelation of a secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential retreat over the weekend.
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. It is no a secret that many Afghan civilians have been killed by both the Taliban and the United States military and its Afghan allies while negotiations were taking place.
Trump relishes dramatic gestures, such as meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but the idea of inviting Taliban leaders to United States soil still stunned Washington.
Despite his unequivocal statement about the talks with the Taliban, Trump also seemed to leave the door open to future dialogue, saying that the USA was still talking with the Afghan government and with others and "we'll see" what happens.
The United States and Taliban had engaged in nine rounds of talks over a period of almost a year in order to smooth out most of the differences between the two countries, according to The New York Times. The episode raises many questions, like what happens to the roughly 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan now?
An unidentified official from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which maintains a force of about 16,000 troops in Afghanistan, told AFP on September 9 that its focus "remains unchanged" in the wake of Trump's decision to cancel the secret meeting. The attack that took several lives was claimed by the Taliban.
Trump should have insisted that Ghani's government be party to any deal in the first place, especially since it may soon have to contend with a Taliban emboldened by its newfound diplomatic standing and an accelerating USA troop withdrawal. Other disagreements included why the deal did not address the Taliban's linkages to Pakistan and prisoner-hostage exchanges, the official said. The U.S. wanted us to announce a nationwide ceasefire, but again we refused.
"President Trump made clear we're not just going to withdraw because there's a timeline".
Taliban fighters, who now control more territory than at any time since 2001, launched assaults over the past week that included a suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday (local time).