Rocket explodes at US Embassy in Afghanistan on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

Officials later announced an all-clear and did not report any injuries from the early Wednesday incident, according to The Associated Press.


"An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," a message from the embassy loudspeaker said, the AP reported, as smoke could be seen over central Kabul.

The news service noted that the all-clear came about an hour later. 

The incident comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE announced the decision to cancel peace talks with the Taliban and the Afghan government in response to an attack claimed by the Taliban that killed a U.S. soldier and 11 others. 

After Trump canceled the Camp David summit, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? MORE said that talks were dead "for the time being."

Past attacks have also occurred on the Sept. 11 anniversary in the Afghan capital, although the one on Wednesday was the first since Trump took office.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, targeting the Taliban, which had offered safe haven to Osama bin Laden.

There are still 14,000 U.S. troops in the country. Trump has expressed a desire to remove them.