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President, Trump claimed on Twitter on Saturday that the Taliban have “never been hit harder,” a week after he abruptly peace canceled talks with the Islamist organization.
“Killing 12 people, including a great American soldier, was not a good idea,” Trump said. “There are much better options for the establishment of a negotiation. The Taliban know that they made a big mistake, and you have no idea how to recover!”
The news came hours after the President announced that the son of Osama bin Laden, Hamza, were killed in a recent Anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan/Pakistan border region. Hamza bin Laden, a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group was led by his father earlier.
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Reports of Hamza ‘ s death, appeared in July, but were not confirmed until the President in the Saturday statement.
The news of the Taliban came a day after negotiators landed in Moscow to meet with Russian officials.
Last Saturday, Trump announced that he had cancelled meetings with the Taliban and Afghan officials in Camp David after a recent attack that killed an American soldier.
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“[I]n order to build the wrong lever, you killed, admittedly an attack in Kabul, one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled [sic] the meeting, and demanded peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill for, so many to seemingly strengthen their negotiating position?”
The Afghan government was largely excluded from the negotiations and fear that finalized the US-Taliban deal, the delay of the elections, while a government of national unity was formed, forcing the departure of President Ashraf Ghani.
On Saturday, the Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told reporters that a peace agreement with the Taliban could only come after the presidential elections scheduled for Sept. 28.
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“Nothing will be the presidential elections to hinder to happen,” said Seddiqi. “… The legitimacy of the peace can not be achieved without elections.”
The Taliban, the Afghan government targets a US puppet and refused direct talks with him, have warned the Afghans not to vote, the election will be local.
Sediqqi said that the Afghan government has suspended its own efforts to peace for now. After the elections, the “progress of the peace process a priority, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.