SIREN … TRUMP CANCELS AFGHAN TALKS — “AP Explains: How Trump upended U.S.-Taliban peace talks,” by Cara Anna in Kabul, Afghanistan: “With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has upended nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations on ending America’s longest war. He has ‘called off’ the talks and asserted that a planned secret meeting between him and Taliban leaders at Camp David, set for Sunday just days before the 9/11 anniversary, is now canceled. Some question whether it was a face-saving attempt after the deal his envoy said had been reached ‘in principle’ faced serious challenges.“The Taliban took half a day to respond, saying the abrupt decision hurt U.S. credibility after they had ‘finalized’ a deal, but said the U.S. likely would return to negotiations. The two sides had still been talking on Saturday, they said — two days after Trump said he had ‘immediately’ called off talks.” APTHE BACKSTORY — NYT’S MUJIB MASHAL in Kabul: “Taliban Talks Hit a Wall Over Deeper Disagreements, Officials Say”: “Even as President Trump blamed a recent Taliban attack for his decision to call off nearly year-long negotiations with the insurgents, officials suggested on Sunday it had more to do with the Taliban’s… Read full this story
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