Donald Trump vows to 'hit Taliban harder than ever' on 9/11 anniversary

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary | The Fresno Bee

According to the reports, soon after the explosion in the embassy an alarm went off.

There were no injuries reported.

At least four members of Afghan security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing at the front gate of a military base on the outskirts of Kabul, an official says.

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed victims' families and survivors to the White House where they marked the anniversary with a moment of silence before the president headed to the Pentagon for his speech.

He said: "What they did was terrible, they killed an American soldier".

Policemen keep watch as angry Afghan protesters burn tires and shout slogans at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 3, 2019.

The Taliban regime that had sheltered 9/11-mastermind Osama Bin Laden was ousted by USA -led military forces in 2001 but was never fully routed, maintaining a foothold in Afghanistan for 18 years.

The number of USA troops peaked at around 100,000 but began to drop steadily after Bin Laden was killed in 2011.

Acting US Permanent Representative Jonathan Cohen did not address Washington's negotiations with the Taliban, but said that his country supported Afghanistan's political and electoral institutions.

Mr Trump announced on Twitter Saturday that he'd been about to meet leaders of the Taliban - who harboured Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan - on Sunday at his Camp David presidential retreat.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reiterated, however, his commitment to the people-owned peace process amid the breakup of the US-Taliban peace talks. However Khalilzad said final approval still rested with Trump. And I'm not even talking about nuclear power. Subsequently, the Taliban vowed to keep fighting against United States armed forces in Afghanistan. I don't want anything to do with them. "Should the Taliban ever have been invited to come and set foot on the continental United States?"

Speaking at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Trump said that over "the last four days" USA forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue".

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