On 9/11, Trump vows to hit Taleban 'harder' than ever

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US President Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington DC on Sept 11, 2019.
US President Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington DC on Sept 11, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday (Sept 11) that what he describes as an unprecedented US military assault against the Taleban in Afghanistan is to continue just five days after he scrapped peace talks.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mr Trump said that over "the last four days", US forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue".

Mr Trump said the assault was ordered after he cancelled secret peace talks with the Taleban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one US soldier last week.