In the first few minutes of the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a rocket struck near to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, instead striking Afghanistan’s defense ministry. Images of the smoke rising from the building, alongside warnings broadcast by the building officials have been shared online.
It’s not yet known who launched the rocket and for what reason – though many are speculating that it’s a response to Trump’s ending of negotiations between the Taliban and the United States. Tensions have been high, with one U.S. service member being killed in a car bombing earlier this week. Although there were no fatalities in the rocket strike, many are fearful as to what it means for relations between the U.S. and the Taliban.