Rocket explodes near U.S. embassy in Kabul

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Trump spoke after aborting what would have been a historic peace summit and as relatives remembered the victims of the single deadliest attack on U.S. soil at ceremonies in NY and Washington.

"In times of distress the heart of the American patriot only grows stronger and more determined; even in the midst of the attack the world witnessed the awesome power of American defiance", he said.

He said his audience should, after watching montages of that bad day in 2001, ask themselves, "Should we have been in any peace negotiations with the Taliban?". Trump was to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday at his Camp David retreat.

Last week, a Taliban suicide blast killed at least 10 civilians and two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation service members near the us embassy in Kabul.

The sound of sirens followed the explosion that rocked central Kabul where the compound is located, according to AP, as a plume of smoke rose over the capital at around midnight. An embassy employee reached by phone confirmed the blast but had no details. "United States mission personnel were not directly impacted by this explosion". "We had peace talks scheduled".

Mr Trump spoke at a Pentagon event honouring the almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks - announcing an unprecedented escalation of the military assault on the Taliban. A provisional agreement to remove several thousand was reached between the USA and Taliban in August.

Three other soldiers were also wounded in Thursday's attack in the Chahar Asyab district in Kabul, Fawad Aman, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, said.

"We continue to strongly support the role played by Afghan women in Afghanistan's economic, political, and social advancement", he added.

"The attack on the United States 18 years ago was the most violent attack - the most deadly attack - on the continental United States in American history", he said.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Trump said that over "the last four days" US forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue". Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in the country, a fraction of the peak of about 100,000 in 2010.

Business Insider has contacted the embassy for comment, but is yet to receive a response.

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