President Trump said on Saturday that he had canceled a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders and the president of Afghanistan and was calling off monthslong negotiations that had appeared to be nearing a peace agreement. “If they cannot 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,” Mr. Trump added.
A senior Taliban commander was killed in a US airstrike on Saturday in Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund was a key Taliban figure and the ‘governor’ and military chief for the southern Helmand province. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the death of Akhund along with 32 others calling it a ‘big loss’ for the group.
After his family returned to Canada following five years in captivity in Afghanistan, Canadian Joshua Boyle claimed that the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network raped his wife and killed their infant daughter, one of four children born in captivity. On Sunday, the Taliban released a statement denying Boyle’s claims and stating the infant died of natural causes.
On Tuesday, a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a bank not far from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, killing 5 people. There were also reports that just a day before, air strikes occurred in the Shindand district of Herat Province, killing 13 civilians and 18 Taliban members.
On Saturday, in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghani soldier opened fire on 4 American soldiers, killing 3 and wounding 1. According to Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, the attacker was killed by soldiers at the scene after what had happened. According to a spokesperson for the Taliban, he confirmed that the attacker was a Taliban infiltrator.