Hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. embassy in Kabul. The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on Sept. 28.
“There were soldiers lying everywhere and the smoke was so thick, it was difficult to see,” said a spokesman at the base.
The decision came after a meeting of Islamic clerics from across the country this week who declared a fatwa on Taliban attacks.
The blast came after repeated warnings that militants could try to disrupt the country's election process.
The suggestion was part of a proposed political process that Ghani said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.
The Afghan war is still raging with no end in sight as the Taliban are ever more resurgent with deadly effect. The latest suicide bombing, which killed 30 police cadets and injured another 58, happened on June 30th.
“There are thousands of other Afghans who have been serving America and American people without threatening U.S. security,” said one Afghan professor.
Like a buzzing mosquito that just won't go away, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is back in the news. He sent a video from his unknown hideout in Pakistan, asking for reconciliation with Afghanistan's government and presenting himself as a peacemaker.
The Afghan Taliban just announced the launch of a spring offensive against the National Unity Government. This spring offensive, dubbed "Operation Omari," is named to honor the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar who died in 2013, but whose death was kept a secret until last year.
The terrorist group vows to launch large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by suicide and guerrilla attacks.
The attack on one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan coincided with a regional peace conference in Pakistan.