Trump vows to hit Taliban 'harder' than ever as U.S. marks 9/11

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary | The Fresno Bee

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary | The Fresno Bee

While Trump rescinded the invitation due to the Taliban carrying out a recent attack that resulted in the death of a USA solider, Thiessen insisted that the president should never have considered the meeting, given that it would allow Taliban leaders to portray "the terms of the United States' surrender - right before the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks".

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks began with moments of silence Wednesday morning.

Trump said if terrorists ever attack on U.S. soil again, the USA troops will go wherever they are, "and use power, the likes of which the United States has never used before".

A Taliban suicide auto bomber has targeted an Afghan special forces' base on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, killing at least four troops, an official said on Thursday. "It was a day filled with shock, horror, sorrow and righteous fury", Trump told the solemn gathering at the Pentagon.

Officials said there was fighting in at least 10 provinces, with the heaviest clashes in the northern regions of Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan, where the Taliban have been pressing security forces for weeks. "They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them", he added. "We had peace talks scheduled". A few days ago.

"As far as I'm concerned", Trump said in reference to the talks, "they are dead".

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which he said killed more than 200 commandos.

A USA serviceman was killed by a Taliban auto bomb on Thursday, which Trump cited as the catalyst for the abrupt end to talks. However, the US-backed Afghan national government remained skeptical that the militant group would stick to the deal.

Trump's United States negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had announced a peace deal "in principle" with the Taliban on Monday last.

Following the collapsed talks between the US and the Taliban, and days ahead of the landmark presidential polls, Afghanistan has witnessed an alarming spike in violence across the country, claiming lives on all sides.

"President Trump ultimately made the decision", Pompeo said, according to Reuters.

As many as 100,000 United States troops were in Afghanistan at the invasion's peak, and more than 2,400 have been killed. "No enemy on earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill, and might of the American armed forces".

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