Rocket blast at US embassy in Kabul on anniversary of 9/11

Rocket blast at US embassy in Kabul on anniversary of 9/11

The peace negotiations - which were in their final stages, only requiring a final sign-off from both parties - were meant to smooth the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and ensure the Taliban did not use the country as a terrorist "safe haven".

It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S. -Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America's longest war.

But then on Saturday, Trump revealed that he had cancelled an unprecedented meeting between the Taliban and himself at storied Camp David.

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

On Monday, Trump made a surprise announcement saying U.S. peace talks with the Taliban were "dead" and that he was ramping the war back up after canceling a secret meeting with the insurgents at his weekend retreat.

Two provincial council members confirmed to German news agency DPA that the insurgency prevailed over Afghan forces in the Yangi Qala and Daraq districts, after days of fighting.

U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Afghanistan that the Taliban overplayed its hand in the peace negotiations by carrying out a spate of high profile attacks, including one that killed a U.S. soldier last week.

There was additionally widespread consternation on the characteristically unpredictable method of Trump's negotiating model.

But Trump denied any discord among government members including Vice President Mike Pence.

In a tweet, he accused journalists of making an attempt 'to create the look of turmoil within the White Home, of which there's none'.

Trump added that he had no second ideas about his actions.

"In terms of advisers, I took my own advice", he later told reporters.

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.

Trump repeated on Monday that he needed 'to get out by the earliest attainable time'.

However, whether because of last week's killing of a United States soldier, as he says, or due to wider misgivings, that goal now appears in tatters. "The President is right to end the talks".

"I've never believed that a deal with the Taliban is either easy or imminent", Senator Marco Rubio said.

Senator Mitt Romney stated that "it would not have been my option to have the Taliban at Camp David" - an opinion echoed by Senator Ron Johnson, who stated he was "glad" the talks weren't held there.

'I do not see the place these negotiations go.

Many young people, especially young women, are anxious about future restrictions to their participation in the socio-economic and political life of their country, he added.



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