A powerful explosion occured near US embassy in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, early Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources.
A plume of smoke rose early Wednesday over Kabul.
A US Embassy official has confirmed the blast to PBS, but had no further details. Over the weekend, plans to host a Taliban delegation in the United States were cancelled after the militant group took credit for a suicide auto bombing in Kabul that killed twelve, including a USA soldier.
President Donald Trump has finally arrived at the conclusion that most Afghans had come to many months ago, when his special representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, began talks with the Taliban.
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 blast was caused by a rocket attack, a local reporter Jawad Jalali said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. With an agreement to end America's longest war on hold, Afghanistan suddenly faces a presidential vote within three weeks amid warnings that it's not ready.
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It is not clear whether the US-Taleban talks will resume.
Many in Washington had been shocked and a few had been offended that the Taliban had been about to go to the presidential retreat on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist assaults. As for withdrawing some of the 14,000 USA troops in the country, he said, "We'd like to get out but we'll get out at the right time".
The Taliban's assertion got here hours after Trump instructed reporters that the USA 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.
Following a string of bombings in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan over the last week, US President Donald Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban that had been ongoing for over a year, insisting the talks were "dead".
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.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, right, and US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, left, meet in Kabul, Nov. 10, 2018.