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Trump Cancels Peace Talks With Taliban

U.S. President Donald Trump has cancelled a peace talks with Taliban leaders.

Trump tweeted he had been set to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday.

But he cancelled the meeting at his Camp David retreat after the Taliban admitted it carried out a recent attack in Kabul that killed a US soldier.

U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had announced a peace deal "in principle" with the Taliban on Monday.

This comes after nine rounds of talks between the US and Taliban representatives, held in Doha.

"Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, [the Taliban] admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations," the U.S. president tweeted.

As part of the proposed deal, the US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks. However Mr Khalilzad said final approval still rested with Mr Trump.

On Thursday, a Kabul car bombing carried out by the Taliban killed 12 people, including a US soldier.

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