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Explosion occurs in Kabul near United States embassy

Explosion occurs in Kabul near United States embassy

The U.S. went to war against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban a month after 9/11 for harboring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed almost 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

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.

A large explosion has been heard in Afghanistan's capital near the U.S. Embassy shortly after midnight on the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

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".

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

September 11 marks the 18th anniversary of the attack by Al-Qaeda on World Trade Center in NY in 2001. The Taliban had claimed responsibility for two vehicle bombings last week, one of which killed an American soldier.

"If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way, and they will soon regret it", the spokesman added.

It is not clear whether the US-Taleban talks will resume.

Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul Afghanistan
Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul Afghanistan

The explosion took place on 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. A USA -led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack toppled the Taliban, who had harbored Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader and attacks mastermind.

The Taliban's assertion got here hours after Trump instructed reporters that the U.S. was strolling away from negotiations after nearly a 12 months of talks that aimed to pave the way in which for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of struggle.

Alarm was sounded by US embassy after the explosion and can be heard in surrounding areas.

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

Last week's bombings included an attack late Monday which killed 16 and injured 100, mostly civilians, and an attack Thursday which killed two soldiers and ten civilians.

Now about 14,000 U.S. troops remain and Trump has called it "ridiculous" that they are still in Afghanistan after so long and so many billions of dollars spent.

Yamamoto said voter interest in the election is not as high as it could be - possibly because the public was focused on the peace talks or because campaigning only started in late July - and he appealed to the 9.6 million Afghans who have registered to vote to exercise their right. The Afghan government had been excluded in the talks and Khalilzad showed President Ghani the draft agreement only when it had been finalised.

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