During an event honouring the victims of the 9/11 attacks, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened the Taliban with even more military action and blamed the group for the sudden end to peace talks between the US government and Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders.
His tweet also revealed a “cancelled” secret meeting with Taliban leaders that was to be held at the presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland just days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A Taliban spokesman criticised Trump for calling off the dialogue and said his actions would result in even more casualties in what has become the longest war in American history.
The US-Taliban talks, which began in October 2018, have focused on four main issues: the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, an intra-Afghan dialogue, a permanent ceasefire, and a guarantee that the Taliban will not let foreign fighters to use Afghanistan as a launchpad to conduct attacks outside the country.
In 2001, a US-led military coalition ousted Afghanistan’s Taliban from power because of their role in sheltering al-Qaeda, the group blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US.
In this episode, we’ll look at how the shift in diplomacy could impact Afghan security and discuss the likelihood of future of peace negotiations.
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