President Trump made an unexpected Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced he was reopening peace talks with the Taliban, after Trump abruptly called off the talks in September. In his comments Thursday, Trump also claimed the U.S. was now demanding a ceasefire from the Taliban, a shift in the negotiating position that threw the U.S. strategy into turmoil.
Trump’s visit to Afghanistan came as Afghan officials say a U.S. drone strike killed five people after it struck a car that was rushing a mother to the hospital after she experienced complications from a home birth. The strike killed the 25-year-old mother, Malana, three of her relatives and the car’s driver in southeastern Afghanistan. The United States says it is investigating the reports of civilian casualties; the Pentagon previously claimed the strike in Khost province killed members of the Taliban.