Trump's 9/11 Threat: a Force More Powerful Than Nukes

Cheryl Sanders
September 12, 2019

The UNAMA mission to Afghanistan expires in mid-September and, according to diplomats, efforts to extend it have hit trouble over China's push for the new mandate to include mention of Beijing's Belt and Road global infrastructure project.

No official information on the casualties has yet been reported.

President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that what he describes as an unprecedented USA military assault against the Taliban in Afghanistan is to continue just five days after he scrapped peace talks.

"If they can not 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 U.S. president said in one of his tweets.

There were fears Mr Trump's cancellation of the negotiations could bring more carnage in Afghanistan.

The president campaigned on a pledge to end the war in Afghanistan, but has pronounced the peace talks with the Taliban as now "dead".

"For the families who join us, this is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss", Trump said.

The number of US troops peaked at around 100,000 but began to drop steadily after Bin Laden was killed in 2011.

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen blasted President Donald Trump on 9/11 for his aborted plan to invite members of the Taliban to Camp David.

Mr Trump has said he wants to withdraw around 5,000 of the 14,000 United States military personnel still in the country. Trump has called their continued presence there "ridiculous".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reiterated, however, his commitment to the people-owned peace process amid the breakup of the US-Taliban peace talks.

Recent informal talks between the Taliban and representatives of Afghan society in Doha and Moscow addressed some key issues for peace, Yamamoto said.

"We do not seek conflict, but if anyone dares to strike our land, we will respond with the full measure of American power and the iron will of the American spirit, and that spirit is unbreakable", he said. "Over the last four days, we (US troops) have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before".

Using the metaphor of Afghanistan's dramatic Test cricket victory this week over Bangladesh, Akbaruddin said that the social and political progress made by that country over the last 18 years must be "be nurtured, not nullified".

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