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Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

11 September 2019

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 are greeting the news of President Donald Trump's now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents with mixed feelings.

'I do not see the place these negotiations go.

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. United States special representative Zalmay Khalilzad had spent months in shuttle diplomacy to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and Trump's determination to arrive at a "deal" was also linked to the USA president's re-election campaign strategy for 2020.

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About 14,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan to train local forces.

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

The renewed disagreement between the 2 sides raised the spectre of violence in Afghanistan as Trump and the Taliban pledged to take the battle to one another following the precipitous collapse in talks.

Word of the planned Camp David meeting was a surprise to Ellen Judd, who chairs the Afghanistan committee of the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, which involves over 200 relatives.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks throughout a ceremony to introduce the brand new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. 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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The Taliban "are the people who are partially responsible for our loved ones dying and other Americans dying", Riches said, but "I'd like to see it end". "If you don't talk to them, it's just going to continue". Still, Ielpi sees the president as a get-things-done leader and hopes he can eventually work out a deal - if it's a stringent one.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera that Trump would regret turning his back on peace talks.

Almost 18 years after losing his brother-in-law on 9/11, Jim McCaffrey welcomes any effort to resolve the war in Afghanistan and credits Trump with trying to end it.

'However proper now they're murdering too many individuals'.

A degree of policy fecklessness and political inconsistency characterises the last 18 years of the US-led global war on terror (GWOT), though the acronym is no longer in vogue.

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Blast heard near U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary