Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Many in Washington had been shocked and a few had been offended that the Taliban had been about to go to the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist assaults. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: "An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound".

If President Donald Trump's now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents on USA soil was stunning, the date chosen was perhaps even more so: days before the anniversary of 9/11, the reason for the war they were going to talk about ending.

But it has come just a day after the Taliban pledged to retaliate after US President Donald Trump ended the peace talks abruptly.

Getting out of Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have fought a largely fruitless battle against the Taliban over almost two decades, was a top priority.

Two Taleban auto bombs shook Kabul last week, killing several civilians and two members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission.

"We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

"If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it", he added.

The explosion took place on 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack.

Under a peace deal, the USA would have withdrawn its troops mainly in exchange for Taliban assurances that it will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven for terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Hong Kong Students Appeal to U.S. for Support in Ongoing Clashes
It should be pointed out "Wong" is anxious about what might happen if Hong Kong approves policies which go against US interests. Consulate here on Sunday to urge American lawmakers to pass legislation in support of the territory's democratic aspirations.

The Taliban's assertion got here hours after Trump instructed reporters that the USA was strolling away from negotiations after nearly a 12 months of talks that aimed to pave the way in which for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of struggle.

The now-defunct accords were said to include the withdrawal of 14,000 US troops through the end of 2020.

Taliban and USA negotiators have been trying for a peace settlement for months, which would result in a total withdrawal of US forces from the Middle Eastern nation, where they've been since late 2001.

During a visit to Afghanistan on September 9, U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, indicated to reporters that the United States was likely to increase operations against the Taliban.

Last week's bombings included an attack late Monday which killed 16 and injured 100, mostly civilians, and an attack Thursday which killed two soldiers and ten civilians.

About 14,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan to train local forces.

The U.N. envoy said opportunities for peace over the past year "created hope, but also fear for many", and made clear that the conflict can only be resolved by direct talks involving "the whole spectrum of Afghan society".

The Afghani government had been critical of any sort of peace agreement, largely because the Taliban had demanded Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani be shut out of the negotiations.

Related News:



Most liked

Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor laws to make the new iPhone
According to the report , workers at Zhengzhou Foxocnn put in at least 100 overtime hours a month during peak production seasons. The factory, which has been dubbed " iPhone City", is operated by Foxconn and is the largest iPhone factory in the world.

Asteroid bought an end to the dinosaurs, crater rocks show
Within one day, 130 meters (425 feet) of material was deposited within the crater - among the highest in the geological record. Researchers estimate the asteroid hit with the equivalent power of 10 billion atomic bombs of the size used in World War II .

Duty-free shopping to return under no-deal Brexit
His predecessor, Theresa May, reached an agreement with Brussels past year but MPs rejected it three times. This leaves him in an impossible scenario, unable to govern, and an election is seen as almost inevitable.

Australian spring bushfires 'an omen' for summer season
That blaze is not threatening any homes but residents have been warned that strong winds are still making conditions volatile. An RSPCA vet will also arrive in the area on Monday to help treat injured animals.

US defense key in win against Giannis, Greece
The two competed against each other as members of the Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs the past two years. The team lost to Brazil 93-92 on Tuesday despite 13 points from Antetokounmpo, who won the NBA MVP in June 2019 .

Redskins must adjust better after deflating loss to Eagles
Last year, his first season with Washington , Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards and was voted the team's offensive MVP. Smallwood figures to get the majority of time on the active roster when three running backs are active.

Apple Watch Series 5 Will Feature an Always-On Display & New Finishes
The Apple Watch Series 5 will be available in aluminum and stainless steel finishes as well as new titanium and ceramic models. It will feature an always-on display, a built in compass and the cellular models will have global emergency calling.

England vs Kosovo, Euro 2020 qualifier
Southgate added: "I think the big thing is the number of teams that get to the finals and I understand wanting to open that up to more".

Sixteen bricks of cocaine wash up on Florida beach after Hurricane Dorian
The brick was examined and chose to be a kilo of cocaine, which shall be destroyed, the spokeswoman advised the community. Visible on the outside of the brick is "D-I-A-M-A-N-T". "The contents field-tested positive for cocaine".

Huawei drops lawsuit after U.S. agrees to return seized equipment
He said the company spent $11 billion on USA supplies past year and an estimated 40,000 U.S.jobs depend on its business. Huawei auxiliary, helped start CNEX in 2013 three days in the wake of leaving the organization.

Vivaldi browser Now Available On Android - Download Now!
Furthermore, the editor allows you to add checklists, agenda items, or jot down some pointers - all alongside browsing the Web. You can choose your default search engine in the Vivaldi Browser, as there are several popular options available .

Turkish, US military commanders hold talks on safe zone in Syria
USA troops on Saturday also done patrols with the local Syrian Kurdish-led forces, which irritated Turkey . The deal envisages withdrawal of the People's Protection Units (YPG) towards the south of the safe zone.

Reports of Vaping Related Illnesses Rise in North Texas
Other reports suggest that there are 450 cases across 33 states and one USA territory, including 41 cases in the state of NY . USA public health officials are investigating 450 cases of vaping-related lung illness across 33 states and one US territory.

Iranian Female Soccer Fan 'Blue Girl' Dies After Setting Herself on Fire
Women are banned from football stadiums in the Islamic Republic, though they are allowed at some other sports, such as volleyball. The woman, referred to as Sahar, which is not her real name, was arrested in March when she tried to enter a football stadium.

Netanyahu says he will annex Jewish settlements in West Bank if reelected
Pending a hearing, the prime minister faces indictments in three criminal cases involving fraud, bribery and breach of trust.