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WorldRocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

01:35  11 september  2019
01:35  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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    KABUL , Afghanistan (AP) — A rocket exploded at the U . S . Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9 / 11 attack on the United States , but officials at the A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard.

KABUL , Afghanistan (AP) — A rocket exploded at the U . S . Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9 / 11 attack on the United States , but officials at the compound A blast was heard shortly after midnight on the anniversary of the 9 / 11 attacks.

Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary© AP Photo/Cara Anna A plume of smoke rises near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. A blast was heard shortly after midnight on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries.

A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: "An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound."

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A large explosion went off in the vicinity of the US Embassy in Kabul , the capital of Afghanistan, moments after midnight on the anniversary of the 9 / 11 terrorist attacks, footage from the The Afghan Defense Ministry said a rocket hit an “external wall” near its headquarters, but confirmed no casualties.

Mud Springs Road, off of state Route 130 on the east side of the fire area is closed, according to the release. Other unpaved roads in the area are also closed. Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9 / 11 anniversary .

There was no immediate comment from Afghan officials. The NATO mission, which is nearby, also said no personnel had been injured.

It was the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America's longest war.

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Two Taliban car bombs shook Kabul last week, killing several civilians and two members of the NATO mission. Trump has cited the death of a U.S. service member in one of those blasts as the reason why he now calls the U.S.-Taliban talks "dead."

The 9/11 anniversary is a sensitive day in Afghanistan's capital and one on which attacks have occurred. A U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack toppled the Taliban, who had harboured Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader and attacks mastermind.

In the nearly 18 years of fighting since then, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan soared to 100,000 and dropped dramatically after bin Laden was killed in neighbouring Pakistan in 2011.

Now about 14,000 U.S. troops remain and Trump has called it "ridiculous" that they are still in Afghanistan after so long and so many billions of dollars spent.

It is not clear whether the U.S.-Taliban talks will resume.

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