US President Donald Trump speaking outside the Pentagon on Wednesday morning to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks said the US is hitting the Taliban “harder than they have ever been hit before”.
Mr. Trump warned that “if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before, and I’m not even talking about nuclear power”.
“They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them,” he said. “No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American armed forces.”
Early hours of Sunday, Mr. Trump announced he scrapped plans at the last minute to invite Taliban leaders to the US for peace negotiations, citing a bombing that killed a US service member and 11 other people days earlier.
He told reporters at the White House on Monday that talks were finished.
This comes as representatives of world powers at the UN on Tuesday urged the United States and the Taliban to stick to their commitments and resume the peace negotiations few days after Mr. Trump called off the talks with the militant group.
The envoys who addressed the United Nations Security Council reiterated that the only solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is a political settlement.