Trump vows to hit Taliban ‘harder’ as US marks 9/11 Sep 12, 2019 0 224 12345 AFPNew YorkPresident Donald Trump pledged to hit the Taliban “harder” than ever as America marked the 18th anniversary on Wednesday of the 9/11 attacks that led the country into war in Afghanistan.Trump spoke after aborting what would have been a historic peace summit and as relatives remembered the victims of the single deadliest attack on US soil at ceremonies in New York and Washington.After a solemn commemoration at Ground Zero in Manhattan, Trump spoke at a Pentagon event honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks–announcing an unprecedented escalation of the military assault on the Taliban. He said that over “the last four days” US forces have “hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before and that will continue.” The nature of the offensive was not immediately clear but Trump said it was ordered after he canceled peace talks with the Taliban over the weekend in retaliation for a bomb attack that killed one US soldier last week.He also warned militants against ever carrying out an attack in the US again. “If for any reason, they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are, and use power, the likes of which the United States has never used before,” Trump said. “I’m not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them,” he added. The warlike comments came as Al-Qaeda, which carried out the attacks, released a video calling for assaults on American, European, Israeli and Russian interests.The militant group’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri criticized “backtrackers” from jihad in the 33-minute video, according to Site Intelligence Group. Trump announced on Twitter Saturday that he’d been about to meet leaders of the Taliban -- who harbored Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan -- on Sunday at his Camp David presidential retreat.The announcement angered some, coming so close to the September 11, 2001 anniversary. Relatives of victims, survivors, police officers, firefighters and city leaders held a ceremony Wednesday at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers. They held poignant moments of silence at 8:46 am (1246 GMT) and 9:03 am, the precise times that the passenger jets struck the North and South Towers. RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan, 50 other nations demand UN action to end humanitarian crisis in Indian Kashmir Sep 12, 2019 0 232 Pakistan sees risk of ‘accidental war’ over Kashmir Sep 12, 2019 0 945 Suspected militant killed in Indian Kashmir amid autonomy crisis Sep 12, 2019 0 734 Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at 83 after heart ailment treatment Jakarta: Former Indonesian president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie died on Wednesday after being treated in a Jakarta army hospital for a heart ailment. He was 83. “I on behalf of the people of Indonesia and the government .. Archbishop of Canterbury prostrates over 1919 India massacre Amritsar: Britain has never apologised for the 1919 massacre at Amritsar in India but the head of the Church of England prostrated himself to say sorry in a personal capacity. British troops fired on thousands of unarmed ..