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Donald Trump cancels planned meeting with Taliban after bombing killed US soldier

Donald Trump cancels planned meeting with Taliban after bombing killed US soldier

Donald Trump cancelled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders scheduled to take place at Camp David after a car bombing (Picture: EPA)

Donald Trump has said he scrapped a meeting he had planned with the Taliban at Camp David after the group admitted to a car bombing that killed a US soldier.

The US President was due to meet members of the Taliban from Afghanistan at the presidential retreat in Maryland, he tweeted.

The meeting was scheduled to take place this weekend, just days before the 9/11 anniversary on Wednesday.

But in a trademark Twitter rant yesterday, the president hit out at the Taliban after they admitted carrying out a car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday.

He said on Saturday: Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday.

They were coming to the United States tonight.

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Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.

I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations.

epa07826910 (FILE) - US President Donald J. Trump participates a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 04 September 2019 (reissued 08 September 2019). According to media reports on 07 September 2019, US President Donald J. Trump canceled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders scheduled to take place at Camp David, due to the Taliban taking credit for a suicide car bomb attack that killed a US soldier and 11 other people. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US President Donald Trump wants to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and end the long running conflict (Picture: EPA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/REX (10378108n) Photo taken on Sept. 3, 2019 shows a damaged car at the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. The death toll from a massive tractor bomb explosion in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul has risen to 16 while 119 others were wounded, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed on Tuesday. Suicide bomb attack, Kabul, Afghanistan - 03 Sep 2019 The death toll from a massive tractor bomb explosion in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul has risen to 16 while 119 others were wounded, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

The aftermath of a car bombing in Kabul which killed 12 people including a US soldier (Picture: Xinhua/REX)

He added: What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didnt, they only made it worse.

If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably dont have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway.

How many more decades are they willing to fight?

Mr Trump is under pressure to end American involvement after he pledged to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 US troops from Afghanistan.

The Taliban harboured Al Qaeda leaders including Osama Bin Laden who were responsible for the atrocity which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.

More than 2,400 US troops have been killed in the resulting conflict in Afghanistan but recent talks between US-Afghani officials and Taliban leaders have looked to end the deadly 18 year conflict.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shealah Craighead/Planet Pix Via Zuma Wire/REX/Shutterstock (9069874l) U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before the start of a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the Palace Hotel United Nations General Assembly, New York, USA - 21 Sep 2017

Donald Trump shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before the start of a bilateral United Nations meeting (Picture: Rex Features)

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