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Taliban Threatens US after Trump Halts Talks


7Dnews London - AFP

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 01:19 GMT

The Taliban said Sunday, September 8th the US "will be harmed more than anyone" after US President Donald Trump suddenly called a halt to the year-long negotiations with the group to end America's longest war.

The Taliban did not give a vivid stance on the topic of the negotiations, leaving the door open for any speculations.

"We still... believe that the American side will come back to this position... Our fight for the past 18 years should have proven to the Americans that we will not be satisfied until we witness the complete end of the occupation," the group said in a statement released on Twitter by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

The statement mentioned that the group finalised an agreement with the US that was expected to be signed by President Donald Trump. The agreement says that the US would withdraw its troops in exchange for security promises from the group.

Trump's statement cited a Taliban bomb attack Thursday in the capital Kabul that left 12 killed, including an American soldier, as reason for suspending the negotiations and an arranged meeting with the group at Camp David in Maryland this weekend.

However, the Taliban dismissed his reasoning in their statement, saying it showed "neither experience nor patience", and accused the US of killing "hundreds of Afghans" in the fighting.

"Americans will be harmed more than any other," by Trump's decision, the statement said, adding that the US's "credibility will be harmed, their anti-peace stance will become more visible to the world, their casualties and financial losses will increase, and the US role in international political interaction will be discredited even further."

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