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Taliban warns Trump to 'tread carefully' as war-of-words escalates

Talks between the Taliban and US negotiators broke down

Date of publication: 12 September, 2019

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The Taliban have warned US President Donald Trump to 'tread carefully' following a speech given by the US leader on the anniversary of 9/11.

The Afghan Taliban on Thursday warned US President Donald Trump to "tread carefully" in an escalating war of words between the militant group and the president.

The latest salvo in the bitter exchange comes a day after Trump boasted during a 9/11 anniversary ceremony that US forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue" just days after peace talks between the two sides collapsed.  

"Trump (@realDonaldTrump) must tread carefully," tweeted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.  

"He has yet to grasp the type of nation he is dealing with. His advisers must make him understand & introduce the Graveyard of Empires #Afghanistan to him." 

Until this weekend there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the US drawdown troop levels in Afghanistan. 

In return, the Taliban would offer security guarantees to keep extremist groups out.

On Saturday, however, Trump revealed on Twitter that he had cancelled an unprecedented meeting between the Taliban and himself at Camp David and later said the talks with the militants were "dead".  

The Taliban spokesman's tweet on Thursday came just hours after the group launched a suicide attack that killed at least four soldiers near Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks on security forces. 

The attack occurred at a special forces base in Char Asiab district just south of the capital Kabul, where an insurgent driving a car packed with explosives detonated near the facility's entrance.  

"Four soldiers were killed, and three injured," said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

Afghan special forces - numbering around 17,000 - represent a small fraction of the 300,000 strong Afghan armed forces but have been carrying out the bulk of offensive operations across Afghanistan in recent years.

As fears of increased violence soared with presidential elections approaching later this month, Afghan troops and Taliban insurgents have been engaged in heavy exchanges across Afghanistan, with several militant-controlled districts in the far north falling to government forces. 

However, the Taliban continue to strike Afghan installations at will after the militants issued their own vow earlier in the week to continue fighting and make the US regret walking away from talks.

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