However, there was also an indication from the U.S. government that the process of reconciliation with the Taliban would continue.
US President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders dead on Monday, while the general in charge said the US military is likely to ramp up operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks.
"You can't do that can't do that with me", he added, saying that "we've hit the Taliban harder in the last four days that they've been hit in over 10 years".
On Monday, the president declared that USA peace talks with the Taliban are "dead". We have been there for 19 years, and we are now really policemen in Afghanistan, he said. Last week, both Taliban and Khalilzad indicated that the deal was nearly final and could soon be signed into a legal document. The Taliban again claimed the responsibility for the attacks.
US President Donald Trump (pictured left) can be seen talking to the press on the White House Lawn yesterday. We have a very specific number, he said. "And when we get to that point ..."
But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence.
The objective is to make "the Afghan security forces stronger so that they can fight global terrorism and create the conditions for peace", the official said. They said the U.S. negotiating team was "happy with the progress made so far" in Doha and the talks were held "in a good atmosphere".
"The agreement is completed and both sides accepted it". The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said to AFP, "We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations". The U.S. reached out to the Taliban in 2018 and serious negotiations began in Qatar in January. "They forgot that America is always going to protect its interests", he said.
United States has already spent trillions of USA dollars and 2,400 U.S. servicemen have been killed so far since the invasion in Afghanistan, so now it wants to call back its troops.
It is widely thought that Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal of U.S. troops in time for his 2020 reelection bid.
The death of Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, who was killed in the Kabul bombing, is a tragedy and proof that the Taliban has continued to engage in violence even as its representatives have been negotiating with the U.S. But that could hardly have come as news to the president.
The Taliban's statement came hours after Trump told reporters that the U.S. was walking away from negotiations after almost a year of talks that aimed to pave the way for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of war.
A statement released by Taliban leaders said, "This will further harm their credibility and will show their anti-peace stance in a more clear way".
Queried by CBS regarding the incongruity of inviting Taliban leaders to Camp David days before the anniversary of Sept 11 attacks, Pompeo responded: "We know the history of Camp David". "I immediately canceled the meeting and called off peace negotiations", Trump tweeted. "And sadly, you often have to deal with some pretty bad characters to get peace". "As far as I'm concerned, they're dead", Trump told reporters when asked about the talks.