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The Quick Facts
- Late last week, President Trump announced that he had called off a planned secret meeting between him and Taliban leaders at Camp David that had been set for this Sunday.
- The scheduled meeting had been part of a year-long negotiations effort between the U.S. and Taliban in an attempt to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
- Trump blamed the fall-out on a recent Taliban car bomb attack in Kabul, tweeting: “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.”
- The president declared Monday that, “as far as he is concerned,” attempts to negotiate a withdrawal deal with the Taliban are now dead.