Taliban kill 26 near Ghani’s rally, 22 in Kabul


The Taliban have claimed responsibility for both attacks. "You can't do that with me", Trump said while responding to a question about his decision to cancel the talks.

The violence comes as Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections on September 28, a vote the Taliban vehemently oppose. On Sept. 9, U.S. Central Command outlined it will ramp up operations against the Taliban.

Last weekend, USA troops and their Afghan counterparts killed an estimated 172 Taliban jihadis in separate attacks across the country.

But the militants have also repeatedly voiced their belief that the U.S. will eventually have to return to the table for more negotiations.

He also confirmed that the Taliban had approached both Russian Federation and China for help in the peace negotiations.

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Bomb explodes near Afghan election rally, killing 24, but President Ashraf Ghani unhurt

The September 17 Taliban suicide attack on a campaign rally in Parwan, north of Kabul, killed at least 26 civilians and injured more than 42. The two sides had been seeking to reach an accord on the withdrawal of thousands of American troops from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the insurgents.

"While Khalilzad spoke with clarity about plans to withdraw thousands of USA troops, the senior Afghan official said the fate of future "intra-Afghan" talks that would decide a final peace settlement with the Taliban was less clear". He said Pakistan fully supports the Afghan efforts for restoring complete peace and stability in the country through the strengthening of the democratic process in Afghanistan. He also said this ceasefire wouldn't have applied to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and its militia allies.

The spokesman for the Presidential Palace, Sediq Sediqqi, used Twitter to denounce the fact that the governments of several neighboring countries have held talks with the Taliban following the cancellation of negotiations with the United States.

Although the Afghan president witnessed the explosion first hand, Hamed Aziz, his campaign spokesman, reportedly indicated that he is "safe and unharmed".

However, when pressed on the high civilian death toll, Mr Stanikzai blamed "foreign forces", citing United Nations statistics which show more civilians were killed by Afghan and U.S. forcesin the first half of 2019 than by insurgents. President Ghani had been due to speak ahead of elections later this month.

Leader rules out possibility of Iran-US talks on any level
The kingdom, though, has not yet said where the attack was launched from or what kind of weapons were involved. Iran says the attacks were launched from Yemen, but the USA and Saudi Arabia have blamed the attacks on Iran.