Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Afghan peace deal in doldrums

Afghan peace deal in doldrums

Pakistan has expressed the hope that the US-Taliban talks, which were abruptly suspended over the weekend, would soon resume and open the way towards intra-Afghan negotiations that would lead to a peaceful settlement of the long-drawn conflict in Afghanistan.

The president's comments came as Ayman al-Zawahiri - the leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network that carried out the 2001 attacks on US soil - in a video recording called for assaults on "the interests of Israel and its American, British, French, Russian, and European allies".

A Taliban-claimed suicide vehicle bombing killed at least four soldiers in the Afghan capital Kabul near the headquarters of the army's commando forces, an official statement said Thursday.

Relatives of victims, survivors, police officers, firefighters and city leaders held a ceremony on Wednesday at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers. Either the process totally fails, in which case the Taliban will certainly escalate the violence with a vengeance, or it will lead to a withdrawal without a real peace deal, and the Taliban will take control and new civil wars will erupt. "They have been struck", he explained.

"We need to hear directly from the administration´s point person on Afghanistan to understand how this process went off the rails", he said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his predecessors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani were among those who attended.

It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four USA commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A fourth plane, also bound for the U.S. capital, crashed en route in Pennsylvania.

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Talks between the US and Taliban to resolve "technical details" came to a grinding halt when US President Donald Trump called off the negotiations in a series of tweets.

More have died since from illnesses related to the destruction.

The conference organised by Russian Federation was attended by representatives of Afghanistan as well as from several other countries, including the US, Pakistan and China.

US troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle of NATO-led military coalition after a suicide attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on August 2, 2017.

His abrupt decision to cancel peace talks with the Taliban was followed by the sacking of his controversial national security advisor John Bolton on Tuesday.

First, India had well-founded fears about overtly legitimising the Taliban by negotiating with it as an equal; it believes that a peace agreement, if any, negotiated with it will be highly fragile and could risk submerging Afghanistan into the depths of another brutal civil war, once American troops withdraw.

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