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Afghanistan peace talks on hold

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/09/19, 11:01 am

President Donald Trump said he canceled a secret meeting scheduled for Sunday with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David. The United States put peace talks on hold with the Taliban and recalled special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad after the extremist group intensified attacks in Afghanistan.

Why the sudden shift? Khalilzad had led talks with the Taliban for nearly a year with hopes of ending the 18-year war. But even as he touted reaching a deal with the extremist group “in principle” last week, insurgents killed more than 40 people, including a U.S. service member, in two attacks. Trump tweeted that the attacks signal the Taliban doesn’t “have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid warned halting the talks will lead to more losses for the United States.

Dig deeper: Last week, Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi questioned how the United States planned to implement parts of its tentative deal with the Taliban.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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    Posted: Mon, 09/09/2019 06:03 pm

    Yasser Arafat was the same way. He would claim he wanted peace but kept bombing and acting like he wanted peace. And you think, "oh good he's gone." And then the next guy takes his place.

    When Obama claimed he caught bin Laden, what a joke. He was handed bin Laden by Afganistan. If that was bin Laden. We'll never know since they buried him at sea. And all the witnesses are dead. 

    There will be no peace until all the Jews are wiped off the face of the earth. AND THAT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!

  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 09/10/2019 02:28 pm

    Deep down the Taliban knows that killing, torturing and murdering others is not really earning their way Allah. If the Jews were all gone they would have to find someone else to blame for their hopeless situation.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/09/2019 09:04 pm

    All of these groups—ISIS, Taliban, Hezbollah, etc—seem to have many autonomous cells that heed no authority they deem insufficiently devoted to Allah and jihad. No singular authority or imam can consistently claim to control them or speak for them.  

    And as soon as any leader appears to be moving even slightly towards peace, a truce, or any other “compromise with the Satans” of the West, many of his “followers” will desert him and seek to prove their jihadist fervor with more acts of violence. 

    We think the key to resolving our conflicts with radical Islam is to finally find “the” Taliban or ISIS leader that truly has them all under his influence. Instead it’s likely that any leader talking to us will lose influence.