US President Donald Trump says he has cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban in the United States.
The leaders were supposed to meet at Camp David on Sunday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says talks with the Taliban are now dead "for the time being" and the special envoy is being recalled. Meetings between the envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Taliban had been ongoing in Qatar for nearly a year.
The Taliban released a statement in response, saying “Americans will suffer more than anyone else” because of Trump's decision to cancel the talks.
The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says peace will only be possible if the Taliban stops launching attacks and holds direct talks with the government.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds has more from Washington DC and Tony Birtley reports from Kabul.
David Sedney, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, also talks to Al Jazeera about the developments.