Blast near US Embassy in Kabul marks early hours of 9/11 anniversary

Afghan election back in spotlight after Trump's Taliban tweets

Afghan election back in spotlight after Trump's Taliban tweets

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.

Trump was joined by First Lady Melania Trump at the ceremony, during which a Navy bell tolled 184 times as the names were read off of the 184 who lost their lives lost when American Flight 77 slammed into the building's west front at 530 miles per hour on September 11, 2001.

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".

Earlier this month, the president canceled a planned meeting with Taliban officials at the Camp David presidential retreat near Frederick, Md.

"If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it".

However, the radio host said Wednesday on "The Mark Levin Show" on Westtwood One, his assertion was an expression of his own opinion and not a criticism of President Trump or any particular USA official.

He said that over "the last four days", United States forces have "hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue".

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The US and the Taliban have for almost a year been attempting to negotiate a peace deal that would ensure the withdrawal of foreign troops in exchange for the movement's guarantee that the country will not become a safe haven for terrorists.

At ground zero in NY, victims' relatives and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in NY as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday.

They held poignant moments of silence at 08:46 and 09:03, the precise times that the passenger jets struck the North and South Towers.

"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.

Relatives hugged and consoled each other and left roses at the memorial.

Around 2,400 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan. "Should the Taliban ever have been invited to come and set foot on the continental United States?"

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