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

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The Taliban said on Tuesday that they would continue to fight against USA forces in Afghanistan.

September 11 victims' relatives and first responders digested the news Monday with mixed feelings. To call for a meeting with the Taliban was "my idea, and it was my idea to terminate it".

'I do not see the place these negotiations go. That's the bottom line.

The anniversary ceremonies remember the almost 3,000 people who were killed when hijacked planes struck the trade center in NY, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

The proposed meeting came after nine rounds of talks between USA and Taliban negotiators in Doha.

The United Nations supports fully the efforts of independent election commission, and electoral complaints commission, security institutions, civil society as well as candidates, their supporters and voters to conduct credible and inclusive elections on schedule, he said.

"We're not really getting at 9/11".

"Afghanistan wants to move forward, not backward", she said.

Tallon wants USA troops home, and she really wants the US government to do more to probe allegations, which she and others have raised in a lawsuit, that Saudi government employees knowingly assisting the hijacking plot.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he canceled an until-then-clandestine weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban representatives and Afghanistan leaders.

He said this was in retaliation for the killing of a USA soldier by the Taliban in a huge Kabul bomb blast last week.

Many fear the collapse of the U.S. -Taliban talks could lead to more violence in an already risky country.

Peace talks had been meant to debate the withdrawal of USA troops from Afghanistan, a prerequisite for peace within the nation.

'If Trump desires to cease talks, we are going to take the primary manner and they'll quickly remorse it'.

Many in Washington were shocked and some were angry that the Taliban had been about to visit the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"It is imperative therefore that direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban commence as soon as possible", Yamamoto said.

Several Republican lawmakers concurred with the president's decision on the talks. A retired firefighter, he was at ground zero on 9/11 and lost his firefighter son, Jonathan, there.

The Afghan government was not part of the talks, but President Ashraf Ghani has said the government is willing to engage in peace talks with the Taliban under the right conditions, including a cease-fire.

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. "So many people forget we're still at war".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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