Taliban Blows Possible Peace Deal with U.S.

The U.S. and the Taliban have trying to negotiate for a peace agreement in Afghanistan, but the deal just went up in smoke after an attack that killed 12, including a U.S. serviceman. U.S. president Donald Trump announced Saturday that he had called off a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan’s leader. Trump said the Taliban’s string of attacks made them untrustworthy. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called upon the Taliban to “recommit to the things that we’ve been talking to them about for months,” suggesting there may be a way to re-open negotiations. Reported by AP. Read more…

The attack, which occurred Thursday, was a car bomb that exploded near the U.S. embassy in Kabul. The bomb killed 12 people, including a U.S. serviceman and a Romanian soldier. Afghanistan’s president said, “Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless.” It was the second attack this week. Reported by Time. Read more…

Meanwhile, former U.S. ambassadors sent a joint letter to Trump on Tuesday, warning that Afghanistan could collapse into “total civil war” if Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before a final peace agreement is reached between the Afghan government and the Taliban. “A major withdrawal of US forces should follow, not come in advance, of [a] real peace agreement,” the former ambassadors stated. Reported by i24 News. Read more…