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President Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday that U.S. peace talks with the Taliban are "dead" after the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week that killed an American service member.

The big picture: Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David this weekend as a result of the bombing, dealing a blow to the "in principle" agreement between the two sides that would have seen 5,400 U.S. troops leave Afghanistan. The Taliban responded on Sunday by claiming that Trump's decision to abruptly end peace talks will cost American lives. Afghans are now bracing for a fresh round of Taliban violence, AP reported Monday.

  • The decision to invite the leaders of the militant group drew backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, many of whom drew attention to the fact that the meeting would take place days before the anniversary of 9/11.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the idea on ABC News' "This Week," arguing: "If you're going to negotiate peace, you often have to deal with some pretty bad actors."
  • Pompeo added on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. is still interested in a peace deal, but the Taliban must agree to preconditions such as "certain reductions in violence" and breaking with al-Qaeda.

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Biden after U.S. airstrike: Iran "can't act with impunity. Be careful"

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President Biden said Friday that Thursday night's airstrike against facilities tied to an Iranian-backed militia group in Syria was meant to warn Iran that it "can't act with impunity."

Driving the news: The Pentagon said the airstrike, which was authorized by Biden, was carried out "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq" and was intended to "de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq."

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FDA advisory panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine for emergency use

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday recommended the authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.

Why it matters: The FDA is expected to make a final decision within days on the J&J vaccine, which was found to be 66% effective against moderate to severe COVID. An emergency use authorization would allow distribution to immediately begin, helping streamline and speed up the vaccine rollout across the U.S.