In a surprising move, President Donald Trump on Saturday broke off talks with the Taliban to end America’s longest war. He cited a Thursday car bombing near Kabul’s U.S. embassy, which killed 10 people, including an American soldier, as the reason for canceling a weekend Camp David meeting between Taliban representatives and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had long been excluded from negotiations.
Why do this now? Trump said the bombing indicates that Taliban negotiators “probably don’t have the power” to make peace if they can’t halt attacks. But there was no truce in place, and both Afghan government and former U.S. security officials said the deal lacked meaningful Taliban concessions.