What Happened: The Taliban have criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's Sept. 7 announcement to call off peace talks that had reached a critical phase, the BBC reported. In a series of tweets, Trump said he had called off separate meetings at Camp David involving Taliban officials and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a recent car bomb attack in Kabul that killed a U.S. soldier.
Why It Matters: Trump's announcement at least temporarily halts an 11-month-long dialogue between the United States and the Taliban aimed at clinching a peace deal to begin drawing down U.S. troops from the nearly 18-year-long conflict in Afghanistan.
Background: Trump's announcement via Twitter came just days after U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had said the United States had reached a draft peace deal with the Taliban that awaited Trump's approval.
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