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Trump says peace talks are 'dead' and America is clobbering Taliban like never before

09 Sep 2019 Daily Mail Online

Donald Trump said Monday at the White House that planned talks between the U.S. and Afghanistan's Taliban leaders were completely off the table.

'They're dead. They're dead. As far as I'm concerned, they're dead,' Trump told reporters as he left for a campaign rally in North Carolina.

Trump said he had called off a Camp David peace summit because of a Taliban suicide bombing attack in Kabul that killed 12 people including an American soldier.

'They did something that they sure as hell shouldn't have done,' he said.

The president also said he wanted to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 'a very specific number,' but he wouldn't share what it is – saying only that the U.S. will 'get out at the right time.'

As the president dismissed the idea of rescheduling his Taliban talks, he claimed the guerrilla government already regrets Thursday's deadly bombing.

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