On 9/11, Trump vows to hit Taliban 'harder' than ever

Blast at United States embassy in Afghan on 9/11 anniversary

"An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on the compound", a message relayed to employees inside the embassy, where officials gave the all-clear about an hour later.

11 anniversary as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday remembered the victims, first responders and USA troops that have battled in Afghanistan, and he unleashed threats against militants contemplating another attack on America.

The nature of the offensive was not immediately clear but Trump said it was ordered after he cancelled peace talks with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one United States soldier last week.

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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. The nearby North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission also said that no personnel had been injured, AP reported.

A US Embassy official has confirmed the blast to PBS, but had no further details. "USA mission personnel were not directly impacted by this explosion". The US now has about 14,000 troops in the country. "So we found that arrangement acceptable, that the verification was adequate and we concluded it was a perfectly appropriate place", he said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, while referring to the now-cancelled secret meeting with the Afghan Taliban leaders at Camp David.

Now about 14,000 US troops remain int he country.

"We had an agreement on partial ceasefire but it was supposed to be signed to come into effect", Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Dawn from Doha.

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen blasted President Donald Trump on 9/11 for his aborted plan to invite members of the Taliban to Camp David.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera the USA would suffer the consequences of axing the talks.

"We continue to strongly support the role played by Afghan women in Afghanistan's economic, political, and social advancement", he added. The Taliban have never halted fighting during these talks. Pompeo said the months-long peace talks with the Taliban were dead "for the time being".

The US invasion of Afghanistan began in November 2001 with the aim of defeating al-Qaeda and hunting down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, whom the US accused the Taliban of hiding. More than 2,400 American service members have been killed in the conflict.

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