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

Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

September 11 victims' relatives and first responders digested the news Monday with mixed feelings.

No injuries were reported an hour after the blast, according to the AP. The NATO mission, which is nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.

The remarks come as a potential peace deal between the Taliban and the US unraveled this week, after US President Donald Trump canceled a secret meeting between the two sides at Camp David, outside of Washington, DC.

Trump, a longtime critic of the Afghan war, and the billions of dollars it costs, had been preparing an unprecedented meeting with the insurgency's leaders at the presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland.

He stated this was in retaliation for the killing of a U.S. soldier by the Taliban in an enormous Kabul bomb blast final week.

The September 11, 2001 attacks on USA targets prompted the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, which toppled the Taliban regime.

Americans will today commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others.

In announcing the end to peace talks, Trump accused the Taliban of using terror to strengthen their position, echoing members of his administration.

'We had two methods to finish occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and combating, the opposite was talks and negotiations, ' Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated.

Days before 9/11 might not be the right time, Camp David might not be the right place, and a peace agreement with the Taliban might not be realistic, but "you have to talk to the enemy if you want it to stop", Riches said.

A US-led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack toppled the Taleban, who had harboured Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader and attacks mastermind.

It is widely thought that Trump has been pushing for a withdrawal of United States troops in time for his 2020 reelection bid.

The assault came days after the top USA peace negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, proclaimed that almost a year of peace negotiations with the Taliban had yielded a deal "in principle".

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.

Although the Trump administration has made withdrawing troops from Afghanistan a key foreign policy aim, about 14,000 troops remain in the country.

Judd hopes the Afghan government - which has been largely sidelined from the negotiations - and civilians will have a role in a broader peace process that would produce a durable cease-fire. "If they can not agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway", he tweeted late on September 7.

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