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Collapsed Camp David Meeting Leaves Big Questions

The big one: What happens to the expected withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
President Trump gestures to supporters before speaking at a campaign rally Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump surprised many over the weekend with the revelation that he had canceled secret peace talks that were about to take place at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders. Trump said he called off the meeting following a Taliban attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier. Now the big question is what happens next in regard to US plans to scale down its presence in Afghanistan. A look at coverage:

  • The talks: The New York Times has an in-depth look at how the Camp David meeting nearly came to be, reporting that Trump himself suggested using the coveted locale. Some background: The US has been negotiating separately with the Taliban for some time, and a deal is close. Those talks have not included Afghanistan, however, and it was Trump's idea to invite Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani to the US to sign off on an agreement.

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