Support direct talks between Taliban and Afghan govt: Syed Akbaruddin


The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was hit by a rocket explosion early Wednesday morning on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in NY that prompted a U.S. invasion of the country.

No official information on the casualties has yet been reported.

Remembering the victims of the 9/11 attack, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday vowed to hit the Taliban "harder than ever", just days after he cancelled peace talks with the militants in Afghanistan, where the terrorist group al-Qaida conceived the deadly strike.

Officials at the compound declared an all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries, according to the media report.

The president campaigned on a pledge to end the war in Afghanistan, but has pronounced the peace talks with the Taliban as now "dead".

In the almost 18 years of fighting since then, the number of US troops in Afghanistan soared to 100,000 and dropped dramatically after bin Laden was killed in neighboring Pakistan in 2011.

Trump campaigned for president on a pledge to withdraw USA troops from Afghanistan.

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Many fear his cancellation of negotiations will bring more carnage as the USA and Taliban, as well as Afghan forces, step up their offensives and everyday people die in the crossfire.

Trump said the assault was ordered after he canceled peace talks with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one USA soldier last week.

Thiessen, a regular defender of Trump, penned an op-ed earlier this week in which he called the proposed invite a "shameful" insult to every American family who lost loved ones on 9/11.

Recent informal talks between the Taliban and representatives of Afghan society in Doha and Moscow addressed some key issues for peace, Yamamoto said. Trump has cited his death as the main reason why the US-Taliban talks were called off.

"Credible elections would provide an important political foundation for the future of the country as well as legitimacy and authority to the elected president, which would be particularly important in view of the expected peace process", he said.

"It looks to me as if this one wasn't quite there", she said.

Gen Miller is the commander of Nato's Resolute Support Mission and the United States Forces in Afghanistan. "I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people", he said. "I want to see if we can get to the final outcome we needed'".