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12 September 2019

The Trump announcement came a day after the USA envoy negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, completed two days of meetings in Qatar with Taliban lead negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller.

Majorities of Americans, including veterans, think the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting, according to a May poll from Pew Research Center.

Trump's continued reference to ending the talks after one American service member was killed has upset many Afghans, who witness near-daily attacks.

But what is known is the dramatic escalation in attacks and bombings in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan by the Taliban that rattled not only the Ashraf Ghani-led unity government but also caused fear and anxiety among the people hoping for peace in their war-torn country. Trump's U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had announced a peace deal "in principle" with the Taliban on Monday. Some reports said ambulance sirens could be heard in the area around the embassy.

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"We love you, we miss you and you will always be America's heroes", said one woman after reading out the names of her brother and cousin.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

President Trump called off the talks in the aftermath of a series of deadly attacks in Kabul, including the last vehicle bombing which killed more than 10 people including a USA service member. He accused the Afghan Taliban of stepping up attacks in order to "build false leverage" and "strengthen their bargaining position".

"As far as I'm concerned", Trump said in reference to the talks, "they are dead". Trump has cited his death as the main reason why the US-Taliban talks were called off. A provisional agreement to remove several thousand was reached between the USA and Taliban in August.

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About 30 Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Takhar province, a local source said on Wednesday.

"But US troop levels in Afghanistan are only around 14,000, a fraction of the peak of about 100,000 in 2010".

During a visit to Afghanistan on September 9, U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, indicated to reporters that the United States was likely to increase operations against the Taliban. "An intra-Afghan dialogue was Part Two of the agreement", he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Akbaruddin said the global community needs to continue its commitments made to the Afghan security forces in their fight against the scourge of terrorism.

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Taliban militants killed in Afghan airstrike