Donald Trump Perpetuates The Deadly War In Afghanistan By Rejecting Peace Talks With Taliban

Taliban’s media office has sent a message to the US President to let them know when he’s ready to discuss the US’s exit from Afghanistan after Donald Trump rejected the idea of talks with the militants.

“Let us know when you’re ready to talk to discuss your exit,” a tweet from the account of the media office says: “Soon is better before it becomes very ugly for you in Afghanistan. You know how to reach us through our office in Doha”.

Earlier on Monday, Trump rejected the idea of peace negotiation with the Taliban after a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, in an apparent contradiction of his own strategy to end America’s longest war.

“We don’t want to talk to the Taliban. We’re going to finish what we have to finish, what nobody else has been able to finish, we’re going to be able to do it,” Trump said.

On Saturday, more than 100 people died and 234 were injured after an explosive-laden ambulance detonated in the Kabul.

“It is an attempt to disprove statements by US and Afghan officials that Taliban are weakened,” said Borhan Osman, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, an organization aimed at preventing and resolving deadly conflict. “They want to say, ‘We are here, we are strong and can shake public confidence in the government’s ability to protect people.’”

In recent years, Taliban showed willingness to negotiate peace by setting up an unofficial embassy in Qatar. The group which hopes to reimpose its own version of law on the country is waiting for foreign forces to withdraw from Afghanistan. However, Trump condemned the group and said his administration was not prepared to talk now.

“Their main strategy is to continue war and occupation,” Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a statement.

He added Taliban would respond in kind if the Americans wanted to focus on war: “If you emphasize war then our fighters will not welcome you with flowers.”

While the president promised to “finish what we have to finish”, the US military and diplomatic officials say the victory cannot be achieved with the resources and manpower he has authorized.

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Last year, Trump ordered an increase in US troops, air strikes and other assistance to Afghan forces. He has nearly doubled the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan from 8,500 to 14,000 since taking office. There are 14,000 US troops already present in Afghanistan since the 16-year-old war began.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said last September that the US would take a “holistic” approach to the war with no set deadlines to defeat the Taliban.

“I want to reinforce to the Taliban that the only path to peace and political legitimacy for them is through a negotiated settlement,” Mattis said.

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