Taliban vow to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’ Sep 11, 2019 0 273 12345 AFPKabulThe Taliban on Tuesday vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said talks with the insurgents were “dead”, saying Washington would regret abandoning negotiations.The renewed war of words between the two sides raised the spectre of violence in Afghanistan as Trump and the Taliban pledged to take the fight to each other following the precipitous collapse in talks. “We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.“If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it.” The Taliban’s statement came hours after Trump told reporters that the US was walking away from negotiations after nearly a year of talks that aimed to pave the way for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of war. “They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead,” Trump said at the White House.The announcement followed Trump’s dramatic cancellation of a top-secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential facility outside Washington. Driving another nail into the coffin of what had appeared to be nearly finalised negotiations, Trump said a US military onslaught on the guerrillas was at its fiercest level in a decade. “Over the last four days, we have been hitting our enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!” he wrote in a tweet.On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “we’ve killed over a thousand Taliban in just the last 10 days.” Trump angrily denied that the whiplash effect of his sudden shifts on Afghanistan was causing turmoil.Until this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the US draw down troop levels in Afghanistan.In return, the Taliban would offer security guarantees to keep extremist groups out. But then on Saturday, Trump revealed that he had cancelled an unprecedented meeting between the Taliban and himself at storied Camp David. He said this was in retaliation for the killing of a US soldier by the Taliban in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week.The cancellation -- announced on Twitter -- was the first time most Americans learned that such a dramatic meeting was even planned.Many in Washington were shocked and some were angry that the Taliban had been about to visit the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. RELATED ARTICLES India locates missing Moon lander Sep 11, 2019 0 741 Bangladesh cuts mobile internet access in Rohingya camps Sep 11, 2019 0 251 HK protesters boo Chinese anthem, as leader warns against interference Sep 11, 2019 0 694 Pakistan warns of ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, India hits back Reuters GENEVA Pakistan’s foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. .. Trump says Pakistan-India conflict over Kashmir less heated now, reiterates offer to mediate Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was “a little less heated” now than it was two weeks ago. Speaking to media before departing from the White House in .. Taliban take complete district in northern Afghanistan Kabul: The Taliban have taken control of the whole of a district in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, local officials said on Tuesday. The centre of Takhar’s Yangi Qala district was overrun by the Taliban on Monday .. Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in 8 months dpa Manila More than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday. Nearly 40 per cent of the 1,021 victims who died from the disease between .. Hundreds of schools shut as massive forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia AFP Jambi, Indonesia Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests -- some of the world’s biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday. .. North Korea fires ‘projectiles’ after offering talks with US Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday fired projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s military said, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States. Negotiations between ..