After decades of carnage in Afghanistan, little things can set off alarm bells.
Kabul's brightly lit wedding halls can hold hundreds of people.
"Instead of embracing fantasy, the United States should continue to keep a modest number of troops in Afghanistan to ensure the government survives and the country does not again become a terrorist haven", he said and added, "What is required is an endurance strategy, not an exit strategy, based on local conditions, not political calendars". The Taliban have refused so far to negotiate with the government, dismissing it as a USA puppet.
A sharply worded Taliban statement questioned why the USA failed to identify the attackers in advance. "They can not face ANDSF (Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces) in the battle field hence conduct these cowardly attacks".
The blast, which took place late Saturday in the city's west, came as Washington and the Taliban are in the final stages of a deal to reduce the United States military presence in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan.
The Taliban, which the US hopes will help curb the IS affiliate's rise, condemned Saturday's attack as "forbidden and unjustifiable". "May God protect us".
A mass funeral took place in Kabul on Sunday. Mourners helped dig the graves by hand. Few appear to believe that the Taliban will step in to protect civilians from IS or anyone else after years of killing civilians themselves.
10 days prior to the Kabul wedding blast, a blast outside the Kabul Police Station took place claiming the lives of 14 innocent and injuring nearly 150 people.
In the aftermath of the bombing, images from inside the hall showed blood-stained bodies on the ground along with pieces of flesh and torn clothes, hats, sandals and bottles of mineral water. It was hard to recognize the victims.
The Dubai City Wedding Hall is one of many large, brightly lighted venues in Kabul that host elaborate festivities costing upward of tens of thousands of dollars and offer a rare chance for Afghans to celebrate in large groups.
The latest blast comes just 10 days after a huge bomb outside a Kabul police station killed at least 14 people and injured almost 150. He and his bride survived the blast. Both the Taliban and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group are active in Nangarhar province.
Amir Mohammad a 50-year-old man whose son died and had two others wounded in the attack, said: "Life has become meaningless for my family".
"Several of our waiters were killed or wounded", he added. This year has seen a surge in deaths and injuries caused by pro-government forces, largely because of US airstrikes, the United Nations has found.
Despite the ongoing talks to try and end the 18-year USA war, civilians across Afghanistan continue to suffer a tremendous toll.
The Taliban now control more territory than at any point since they were forced from power in 2001.
On July 28, at least 20 people were killed when attackers targeted Mr Ghani's running mate Amrullah Saleh on the first official day of campaigning in the presidential elections.
The Taliban earlier denied responsibility for the blast and condemned it. Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch responded on Twitter that the Taliban denial "highlights the fact that a U.S. -Taliban deal won't end attacks on Afghans".
Trump said he had received information on the latest U.S. -Taliban talks and described the negotiations as "good".
Both ISIS and the Taliban have carried out terrorist attacks in Kabul, the capital city.
Decision on a specified period of time for withdrawal of the American and other countries troops had been one of the key issues the Taliban and the U.S. have been discussing since they started talks in October.
In the context of a peaceful Afghanistan the incidents that happened last week merit serious consideration because they tend to suggest that even after 18 years of war, peace in Afghanistan remains an ever-receding mirage.
Many Afghans see little distinction between the Taliban and Islamic State.
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