Afghans fear Trump's Taliban move means more civilians die

In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Hayat Khan, 54, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after being wounded in a Taliban car bomb outside a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Our only hope was peace,” Hayat Khan, the family’s 54-year-old patriarch, said, “and that doesn’t happen now.” (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Maidan Wardak provincial council member Sharifullah Hotak, speaks during an interview to The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. With offensives stepping up in the wake of Trump’s decision to cancel a secret meeting he had arranged with Taliban and Afghan leaders, Hotak said, “unfortunately, both sides of the battle will cause more civilian casualties.” (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Hayat Khan, 54, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after being wounded in a Taliban car bomb outside a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Our only hope was peace,” Hayat Khan, the family’s 54-year-old patriarch, said, “and that doesn’t happen now.” (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Afghan National army soldiers search a vehicle at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Donald Trump says U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the war in Afghanistan are “dead,” deeply unfortunate wording for the Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Donald Trump says U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the war in Afghanistan are “dead,” deeply unfortunate wording for the Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Abdul Latif shows a photograph of Zaki, dusty and bleeding and clutching a child, after a large explosion last week near a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Donald Trump says U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the war in Afghanistan are “dead,” deeply unfortunate wording for the Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Afghans inspect their damaged house after a large explosion last week near a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban car bomb targeted the compound but instead shredded Afghan homes, with stunned and bloodied families picking up children and fleeing in darkness as their once-solid world collapsed. As America on Wednesday mourns thousands of civilians killed in the 9/11 attacks, weary Afghans watch their own toll from the aftermath continue to rise. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, Samiullah inspects the remains of his damaged house after a large explosion last week near a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Donald Trump says U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the war in Afghanistan are “dead,” deeply unfortunate wording for the Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 photo, Afghans inspect their damaged house after a large explosion last week near a compound housing several foreign organizations and guesthouses, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban car bomb targeted the compound but instead shredded Afghan homes, with stunned and bloodied families picking up children and fleeing in darkness as their once-solid world collapsed. As America on Wednesday mourns thousands of civilians killed in the 9/11 attacks, weary Afghans watch their own toll from the aftermath continue to rise. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S.-Taliban talks on ending the war in Afghanistan are "dead" is a deeply unfortunate wording for Afghan civilians who have been killed by the tens of thousands over almost 18 years.

Many fear the canceled talks will lead to more carnage as the U.S. and Taliban, as well as Afghan forces, step up offensives and people die in the crossfire.

As America on Wednesday mourns thousands of civilians killed in the 9/11 attacks, weary Afghans watch their own toll from the aftermath continue to rise.

The Afghans are remembering their dead — from this war and other before it — in Martyrs' Week that continues through Friday.

Fresh graves are being dug every day. All sides, the Taliban, U.S. and Afghan forces, are to blame.

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