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Trump Cancels Taliban Peace Talks
Sep 10, 2019 at 12:35 AM
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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.

Food For Thought

Was President Trump right to call off peace negotiations with the Taliban? What is the best strategy to pursue in Afghanistan?

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