Afghanistan Bombing: At Least Seven Killed in Blast Outside Herat Mosque

One more lethal, multi-casualty bomb attack in the center of Kabul, the Afghanistan capital, marked the approaching 16th anniversary of America's war in that country.

Ghani reiterated on Tuesday that he wants peace talks with the Taliban, but said that it wasn't an "open-ended" opportunity.

This is not the first attempt by the Afghan government to broker peace.

Afghan men by the belongings of blast victims at the site of a series of explosions that targeted a funeral of a politician's son, who was killed during an anti-government protest a day earlier, at Badam Bagh in Kabul on June 3, 2017.

A truck bomb that struck the heart of the Afghan capital last week killed more than 150 people, the country's President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, making it one of the deadliest single attacks in the country since the 2001 US -led invasion.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani delivers a speech Tuesday at the opening of a peace conference at the presidential palace in Kabul. The Taliban denied involvement.

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At least seven people were killed in an explosion at the entrance of a mosque in western Afghanistan Tuesday, an Afghan official said. The Taliban already control or contest more than half of Afghanistan's populated areas, according to USA estimates, making it harder for the U.S.to extract itself from its longest-ever war. The Taliban claimed responsibility for a vehicle bombing that killed at least 18 people in eastern Afghanistan last Saturday at the start of the holy period. The city's police chief said some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his men. Afghans also accuse Iran and Russian Federation of helping the Taliban.

Pakistan's military in turn has also blamed Afghanistan of harboring insurgents it said were responsible for a spate of bombings in February.

The United States officially withdrew from Afghanistan in 2014, but it maintains a presence of about 8,400 troops there.

Her remarks come after Afghan intelligence officials suggested the Pakistan based Haqqani network - militants allied with the Taliban - carried out the recent attack near the diplomatic area in Kabul with support of Pakistan.

Authorities in Pakistan have strongly rejected what they say are baseless allegations and part of a "malicious agenda" to damage renewed efforts Islamabad has been making to improve bilateral ties and enhance cooperation to fight terrorism.

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