Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (October 11, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Afghanistan is scheduled to conduct Parliamentary elections on October 20.  While the government is making preparations to provide security at polling places and in major urban centers during the elections, on election day and in the period before and after, large demonstrations or gatherings ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Terrorist Attack in Nangarhar Province

The United States strongly condemns the series of attacks today in Nangarhar province which took the lives of many Afghans, including children.  These attacks, several of which took place near girls’ schools, are shocking in their disregard for innocent life.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and classmates of all the victims. We ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Terrorist Attack at Sports Center in Kabul

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s terrible attack at a sports center in Kabul which took the lives of many young people. We honor the brave first responders and journalists killed or wounded in response to the attack.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims. We stand with the ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure in Observance of Eid al Qurban

U.S. Embassy Kabul Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure in Observance of Eid al Qurban August 20, 2018   The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed from Tuesday, August 21, 2018 through Thursday, August 23, 2018, in observance of the Afghan holiday Eid al Qurban. The Consular Section ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO On Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement   August 19, 2018   The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation. This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace. The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Afghanistan’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary POMPEO Afghanistan Independence Day On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I warmly congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 99th anniversary of independence on August 19. We commend the people of Afghanistan’s resolve and determination in continuing to strive for a future of peace and prosperity. The United ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Jalalabad Attack

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s vicious attack in Jalalabad on the provincial Refugee Department, and the attacks that Jalalabad has experienced recently.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims.  We remember and salute those dedicated and brave individuals who are working for Afghanistan’s most vulnerable citizens. ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass Visits Mazar-e-Sharif

Ambassador John R. Bass returned from his first visit to Mazar-e-Sharif yesterday after a day of meetings with local officials, civil society members, and NATO military leaders based there. His wife, Holly Holzer, accompanied him on the trip. Ambassador Bass said “I greatly appreciate the hospitality I received from everyone I met with in Mazar-e-Sharif. ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 13, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target U.S. citizens and foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, engineers, teachers, aid and development workers, government employees, ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Press Availability with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Kabul, Afghanistan July 9, 2018 PRESIDENT GHANI: (Inaudible.) In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Mr. Secretary, it’s a unique pleasure to welcome you. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. PRESIDENT GHANI: On behalf of the Afghan public, let me first thank the American men and women ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Visits Kabul

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Kabul June 30-July 1 to meet with Afghan and international partners.  Throughout the visit, she underscored continued U.S. support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and an honorable and dignified path to ending the conflict, as President Ashraf Ghani has ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Vice President Mike Pence spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan by phone today. The two leaders discussed the security situation in Afghanistan, including the recent ceasefires initiated by the Afghan Government and the Taliban. The Vice President reinforced the U.S. and international commitment to partner with and support the Afghan government and security forces. ...
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Secretary Pompeo Statement On President Ghani’s Offer to Extend the Ceasefire

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 16, 2018 The United States extends its best wishes to the people of Afghanistan in celebration of Eid al-Fitr.  We welcome the ceasefire during the period of Eid.  The Afghan people this year are spending the Eid holidays with their families with renewed hope of ...
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Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: In light of the upcoming Eid holiday, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks. The U.S. government remains concerned that insurgents are intent on targeting foreigners via kidnapping schemes and attacks at locations such ...
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Secretary Pompeo Statement On President Ghani’s Ceasefire Offer

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2018 The United States welcomes President Ghani’s offer of a temporary ceasefire between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to allow the Afghan people to celebrate Eid al-Fitr without fear of violence. This ceasefire further demonstrates the Afghan government’s commitment to explore ways ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing ...
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Ambassador Bass Welcomes the Start of Ramadan

On behalf of all of my colleagues here at the U.S. Embassy, I want to wish all our Afghan friends and partners a blessed Ramadan. This month is a time for reflection, prayer, and generosity.  Fasting during this month teaches patience and reorients one’s focus to the world beyond our individual, immediate needs.  As families ...
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U.S. Embassy Funds Wastewater Treatment Facility in Kabul

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass and Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak launched construction of a landmark $10 million U.S. government-funded wastewater treatment facility at Pol-i Charki prison in Kabul today.  When completed, the facility will be one of the largest, in Afghanistan. “This pioneering project represents another milestone in the 12-year partnership between the ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 2, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Extremist groups continue to consider attacks against hotels in Kabul, particularly locations where foreigners are known to reside such as the Kabul Serena Hotel.  These groups may also be targeting places where civilians are known to congregate, including banks, markets, and public gatherings. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Kabul Bombings

The United States strongly condemns today’s savage bombings in Kabul.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured. Where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat. We stand with the people and ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hosts Humanitarian Photo Exhibit; Announces Assistance

Ambassador John R. Bass welcomed Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and others who work in the humanitarian community—government officials, UN and non-governmental organization representatives, donors—to a photo exhibit at the U.S. Embassy today where he announced an additional $37 million in assistance funds to support humanitarian efforts in the country. The exhibition, entitled “Journeys of Hope ...
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On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive

STATEMENT BY ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN April 25, 2018 On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year. President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join ...
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Attack on Voter Registration Center in Kabul

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 22, 2018   On behalf of the U.S. government, I strongly condemn today’s suicide attack on a voter registration center in Kabul that killed approximately 60 people and wounded over 100 others. I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (April 10, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) and its surrounding areas. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify a trusted person of ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 28, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and residential compounds housing foreigners.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other locations where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of civilian targets, including Afghan government facilities, government ceremonies and events, and transportation carrying government employees. Civilians in the vicinity of such targets are vulnerable to harm. Kidnapping or targeting of foreigners remains ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass Welcoming the Leadership Transition in Balkh Province

I commend today’s announcement of the transition in leadership in Balkh province, from Atta Mohammad Noor to Governor Ishaq Rahguzar.  The health of Afghanistan’s democracy depends on further strengthening institutions, resolving disputes peacefully and renewing public confidence in leaders through elections.  My government and I applaud the Afghan government and ex-Governor Atta for putting the ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass Visits Kandahar

Ambassador John R. Bass returned from his first visit to Kandahar today following two days of meetings with local officials and NATO and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan military leaders based there. “The representatives of Kandahar with whom I met showed me great hospitality, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with our partners to discuss our joint ...
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The Kabul Process for Peace & Security Cooperation in Afghanistan Declaration

We, the high-level representatives from the region, members of the international community, and international organizations—participating in the second Meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation—express our support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for organizing this Meeting. We thank H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Chief Executive Dr. ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 26, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens of possible heightened security measures, traffic disruptions, and road closures in Kabul from Tuesday, February 27 through Thursday, March 1 due to the Kabul Process Conference. This may include roads leading to the airport and the International Zone. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: President’s Day Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in honor of the U.S. President’s Day national holiday. The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, February 19, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Visits Kabul

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells traveled to Kabul February 13-15 to meet with Afghan partners in advance of the February 28 Kabul Process Conference. During her three-day visit, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, journalists, and visitors. Actions to Take: Avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate Keep a low profile Be ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 1, 2018)

Location: We received reports of possible demonstrations in various parts of Kabul.  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Shar-e-Naw Park to Saraye-Shamali Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Baraki Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Kote-Sangi Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Shirpoor Circle   Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 1, ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Intercontinental Hotel Attack

I condemn in the strongest terms last night’s heinous attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.  Such violence has no place here or anywhere in the world.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  I also commend the bravery and quick response of the Afghan National Defense and Security ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai International Airport. These groups may also be targeting public gatherings/demonstrations, government facilities, transportation, markets, and places where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: · ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley traveled to Afghanistan

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was among UN Security Council members who traveled to Afghanistan this week.  Ambassador Haley has consistently supported efforts to bolster international support and cooperation for peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.  She and her UNSC counterparts met with Afghan officials to underscore their commitment to cooperation ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Martin Luther King Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in honor of the U.S. Martin Luther King national holiday.  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, January 15, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 4, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on Suicide Attack in Kabul

I strongly condemn today’s horrific and indiscriminate attack on civilians at a cultural and social center in Kabul. On behalf of all my colleagues, I extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  This incident once again demonstrates the depravity of those who seek to undermine peace and stability in ...
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Vice President Mike Pence Meets with Senior Afghan Officials in Kabul

Vice President Mike Pence met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, and other senior Afghan leaders at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on December 21.  Vice President Pence and President Ghani were accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass and Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Commander General John W. ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan John R. Bass Presents his Credentials to President Ashraf Ghani

United States Ambassador John R. Bass presented his credentials to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an official ceremony at the Arg Palace today. “It was an honor to present my credentials to President Ghani today,” said Ambassador Bass.  He went on to say, “I look forward to working with the Afghan government, as well as ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that on Friday, December 8, 2017, marches and demonstrations may take place around Kabul and could move in the direction of the International Zone.  Crowds may begin mobilizing after morning prayers and these gatherings could ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Enhanced Security Awareness

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells Meets Afghan and International Partners in Kabul

During a three-day visit to Kabul, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Directorate of Security Chief Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Secretary General of the High Peace Council Akram Khapalwak, Foreign Minister ...
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U.S., Afghan Governments Launch Program to Give Students Access to Learning Materials

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Today, U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE). USAID will provide $75 million to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Afghanistan

Secretary Tillerson and President Ghani met at Bagram Airfield north of Kabul on October 23 and together reaffirmed the U.S.-Afghan commitment to achieving peace, stability, and long-term prosperity in Afghanistan.  The Secretary stated that the new U.S. strategy for South Asia makes clear the United States’ commitment to working with the government of Afghanistan and ...
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U.S. Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Condemns Attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni

I strongly condemn the October 17 Taliban-Haqqani terrorist attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni provinces, which killed more than 70 civilians and police personnel, including the Paktiya provincial police chief, and wounded at least 200 individuals. This heinous attack targeting brave and dedicated Afghan police forces shows blatant disrespect for human life and the rights of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey

Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known as an e-visa).  At the present time, U.S. citizens are no longer permitted to apply for ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes in Social Security Administration Services

As of October 1, 2017, only U.S. Embassies and Consulates with dedicated Federal Benefits Units are permitted to assist with most Social Security Administration matters.  We do not have such an office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  Therefore, if you reside in Afghanistan and have questions regarding Social Security Administration (SSA) services, you must ...
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Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Visits Helmand

Helmand — U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens visited Helmand today and met with provincial and regional Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and U.S. troops stationed there. During the meetings, Ambassador Llorens affirmed the ongoing partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and the continued U.S. commitment to strengthening and supporting ...
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Message of U.S. Citizens Travel To Turkey

U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey October 12, 2017   Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known ...
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Remarks by USAID Assistant to the Administrator Greg Huger for the Senior Officials Meeting

Good morning. It is a pleasure to be with you today and it was a pleasure to hear His Excellency President Ghani describe the progress that the Afghan government has made since the United States, and representatives from 100 other countries and international organizations met last year in Brussels. I am returning to Afghanistan after ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Closure and Possible Traffic Disruptions

This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens of possible traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul on Wednesday, October 4 and/or Thursday, October 5, possibly including roads leading to the airport and the International Zone.  U.S. citizens may also notice heightened security measures around the city and are advised to avoid central Kabul ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Ashura Holiday

With the Afghan observance of 10th of Muharram (Ashura) over the weekend, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security.  There is an increased likelihood of extremist groups targeting Shi’a Muslims in terrorist attacks during Ashura.  Maintain a high level of vigilance when visiting ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Hugo Llorens at the India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show Opening Plenary

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this morning. I am delighted to be part of such a distinguished panel. I have had the privilege over the past year of representing the United States in Afghanistan and working with the international community on ways we can support the government of Afghanistan in building ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Kabul Airport Attack September 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of an indirect fire attack against Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time.  The attack may still be ongoing.  Authorities report that the airport is closed at this time.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area, until authorities have ...
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Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Statement on Meeting with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Leader of Hizb-e Islami

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens met on September 26 with Hizb-e Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.  Ambassador Llorens reiterated the U.S. government’s support for the success and continuing implementation of the historic peace agreement between the National Unity Government and Hizb-e Islami, and he emphasized the critical need for a broad, inclusive peace process led by the Afghan government and Afghan people. Ambassador Llorens welcomed Hekmatyar’s stated commitment to peace and democracy and emphasized the importance of respect for human rights, constitutional norms, and freedom of expression in maintaining ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: October Holiday Closures September 26, 2017

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in observance of the Afghan holiday 10th of Muharram (Ashura).  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan in New York. President Trump and President Ghani expressed their commitment to fully implementing President Trump’s new South Asia strategy to defeat terrorism and ensure the safety and security of the American and Afghan people. They discussed economic development issues, including how American ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kidnapping Threats

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kidnapping Threats September 21, 2017 The threat to U.S. citizens of kidnapping and hostage taking is very high in Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports of kidnap-for-ransom groups targeting foreigners, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, and visitors. The U.S. Embassy takes ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Suicide Bombing at Cricket Match

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan strongly condemns the horrific attack claimed by ISIS-K terrorists at the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon.  We recognize in particular the bravery and sacrifice of the police officers and other security forces who were killed and wounded as they prevented even more bloodshed.  The spirit of cricket is ...
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Statement by Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Passing of Nancy Dupree

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nancy Dupree, a pillar of the American community in Afghanistan for many decades, whose love for this country and dedication to its culture and history will be forever remembered.  Ms. Dupree worked tirelessly for the preservation of history and culture in Afghanistan since she arrived in 1962.  ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Labor Day Day Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in honor of the U.S. Labor Day national holiday. The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, September 4, 2017. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Upcoming Holidays

As the Afghan observance of Eid-ul-Qurban over the weekend, Martyrs’ Day on September 9, 2017, and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approach, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security. Demonstrations and additional local security related to public ceremonies could ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Dinner Reception for IVLP Exchange Alumni

On August 23, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul hosted a dinner reception for approximately 35 alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens gave opening remarks.  “As IVLP alumni, you are cultural ambassadors for Afghanistan,” Ambassador Llorens said. “And every day you make a difference here.” The U.S. Embassy ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the U.S. Afghanistan Policy

Thank you Director Sediqi.  This week has been historic in more ways than one, and I think it is appropriate that General Nicholson and I come before you together to discuss this historic moment. The United States is an enduring partner to Afghanistan, and President Trump’s words on Tuesday reinforced that commitment before the American ...
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U.S.-Afghan Statement on the Bilateral Compact Executive Committee Meeting

President Ashraf Ghani initiated a process within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan over the past couple of months. The Compact is an Afghan-led initiative to demonstrate the government’s commitment to creating a peaceful, stable, and prosperous society and is an important factor upon which the United States relied when developing key components ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on U.S. Afghanistan Policy Review

Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump spoke to the American people and the world about our government’s new strategy and renewed commitment to success here in Afghanistan and in the broader South Asia region.  The President was very clear about the United States’ continuing support for the Government of National Unity and you, the Afghan people, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned for July 23 and July 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that on July 23 and July 24, 2017, there may be large scale gatherings and protests in various parts of Kabul, Afghanistan.  The reports indicate the demonstrations may start in areas southwest of the U.S. Embassy and move north and east along major city streets including Sevom Aqrab Road and ...
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Ambassador Llorens’ Remarks For the University and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) University Chancellors’ Forum

Good morning everyone!  Thank you Bob and thanks to our education team for the outstanding work you are doing to develop higher education in Afghanistan.  I want to welcome all of our esteemed guests:  Mr. Abdul Latif Roshan, the Acting Minister of Higher Education, Deputy Ministers, distinguished University Chancellors, Directors and the University and Workforce ...
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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Legal Case against First Vice President Dostum

I want to be very clear; it is not for me to speak on the technicalities of legal cases in Afghanistan.  Nevertheless, my government, the international community, and the Afghan people, support the continued serious investigation and possible follow up legal actions in the case of First Vice President Dostum and his associates. The allegations ...
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Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Remarks at the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board Meeting

Good morning.  Your Excellencies, President Ghani, Minister Hakimi, Special Representative Yamamoto, Ministers, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for permitting me to address this forum on behalf of the United States. It has been an honor for me to work with the National Unity Government and my international colleagues this past year.  As ...
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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens for July 4th Reception

Chief Executive Abdullah, Justices, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends all. Salaam Aleykum!  Welcome to the U.S. Embassy, and thank you for joining me, my wife, Lisett, and all our Mission staff for this celebration of our Independence Day.  Again, let me thank Chief Executive Abdullah for honoring us with his presence ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Hugo Llorens at Resolute Support Commemoration Ceremony for the Victims of the May 31 Attack in Kabul

Good evening, General Nicholson, Mrs. Nicholson, my distinguished colleagues and friends, honored guests.  I myself feel the weight of the honor of being invited to speak at this solemn occasion.  As Americans here in Afghanistan, we know too well what we ask of our men and women, many who leave behind their families and homes ...
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Routine U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure July 4, 2017 for U.S. Independence Day Holiday

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of the U.S. Independence Day. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for Afghanistan ,   Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP ) to receive security messages and make it ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure for Eid al-Fitr and Security Reminder

U.S. Embassy Kabul June 22, 2017 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services during the three days of Eid al-Fitr, which will likely start on Sunday, June 25, or Monday, June 26. Emergency and urgent American citizen services will be continue to be available. With the start ...
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Ambassador Hugo Llorens Special Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies – June 15, 2017

Key Elements:  Again, we have now a new administration. As Davood mentioned, we are, have been in the last several months, in a policy review process which is normal.  But again, the interesting thing is that Afghanistan is one of the first countries where the new administration conducted its policy review, which again, although it’s ...
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Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ms. Laurel Miller Delivers Remarks at the Kabul Process Conference on Peace and Security

It is an honor and privilege to be here today representing my government at this important dialogue, the inaugural meeting of the Kabul process. I want to begin by offering deepest condolences to the victims and the families of the violence in Kabul in recent days. These events are a sad reminder of the unacceptable ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Attack Near the German Embassy in Kabul

I condemn today’s deadly attack near the German Embassy compound in Kabul in the strongest possible terms.  Carried out in a busy street during the morning rush hour, and during the holy month of Ramadan, this horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists’ complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure June 1, 2017 and Security Reminder

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine visa and American Citizen Services on Thursday, June 1 and will resume normal operations on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance can call the American Citizen Services section at 070-011-4000 or send an email to  KabulACS@state.gov . In accordance with the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure June 1, 2017 and Security Reminder

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine visa and American Citizen Services on Thursday, June 1 and will resume normal operations on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance can call the American Citizen Services section at 070-011-4000 or send an email to  KabulACS@state.gov . In accordance with the ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Attack Near the German Embassy in Kabul

I condemn today’s deadly attack near the German Embassy compound in Kabul in the strongest possible terms. Carried out in a busy street during the morning rush hour, and during the holy month of Ramadan, this horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists’ complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

President Donald J. Trump met briefly today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the margins of the Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms. He also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their ...
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Congressional Delegation Visits Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul – A bi-partisan women’s Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) visited Afghanistan May 9 and 10. The CODEL conducted oversight of American operations in Afghanistan with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of U.S. women in the U.S. Armed Forces with an additional focus on gender issues and ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Visits Kandahar

Kandahar —   U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens visited Kandahar today and met with Kandahar Deputy Governors Abdul Hanan Munib and Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, and Provincial Chief of Police Lieutenant General Abdul Raziq. During the meetings, Ambassador Llorens discussed the ongoing partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and the continued ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Attack in Kabul

I condemn this morning’s utterly despicable attack in downtown Kabul.  In recent days some have rejected violence and recognized that the only future for Afghanistan is through constructive dialogue and peace.  Unfortunately, there are those who refuse to allow Afghans their chance at peace, and instead insist on killing and maiming innocent civilians.  I extend ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Statement on the Return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

The United States welcomes the Government of National Unity’s steps to fulfill its obligations in implementing the peace agreement it signed with the representatives of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). Continued, successful progress towards this vital goal was most recently demonstrated by the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan. We consider this step clear evidence of the ...
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U. S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster Traveled to Afghanistan

U.S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, joined by a senior U.S. interagency delegation, met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, National Security Advisor Atmar, and other senior leaders in the National Unity Government to discuss shared priorities and our strong bilateral cooperation in Afghanistan during a two-day visit.  The leaders discussed regional ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Corruption

While Afghanistan has made real progress in its march toward democracy and prosperity, webs of corruption in the government and business sectors continue to hold the country back from its full potential.  Cases of bribery, graft, and nepotism erode the public’s faith and trust in the very institutions they rely on for protection, justice, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Security Equipment to the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens attended a ceremony April 10 at the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC) Headquarters at Pol-i-Charkhi Prison to donate more than $772,000 worth of security equipment to the GDPDC to improve the security and operations of prisons and detention centers throughout the country. The donation included metal ...
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The U.S. Embassy hosted a reception to welcome the most recent Fulbright, IVLP alumni

The U.S. Embassy hosted a reception to welcome the most recent Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and other program alumni. U.S. Ambassador Llorens, Public Affairs Officer Terry Davidson, Organization of Afghan Alumni President Barry Salaam, Afghan Fulbright Association President Feroz Masjidi, and Acting Head of the Afghan government’s Capacity Building for Results Program Hashmat ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Nowruz

March 22, 2017 I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Gunfire and Explosion Northwest of Embassy Compound

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of ongoing gunfire and an explosion northwest of the U.S. Embassy compound at the Afghan National Army (ANA) Hospital, known as Wazir Akbar Khan (WAK) Hospital or “Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital” at approximately 09:05AM.  Initial reports of this being a NDS Hospital are incorrect.  Embassy personnel ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Afghan National Army Hospital in Kabul

March 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s deadly attack on an Afghan National Army Hospital in Kabul. The attack demonstrates the blatant disregard for human life by those seeking to disrupt Afghanistan’s democratic progress.  Targeting a medical facility providing care for the brave Afghans working to protect their fellow citizens is abhorrent and ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Parliamentary Elections

March 2, 2017 Holding timely, credible, and transparent parliamentary elections is an essential step along Afghanistan’s path to greater stability, security, and prosperity.  I am encouraged to see momentum building toward bringing Afghans back to polling stations and the ballot box to choose their representatives.  My colleagues at the U.S. Embassy and I will work ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that an explosion and complex attack are ongoing at the Headquarters of the Afghan National Police Department (PD) 6 since approximately 12:38.  Additionally, there is another complex attack in the Pol-e Charki Area of PD 12.  Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid these areasuntil further notice. ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Terrorist Attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan

March 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s deadly attacks in Kabul in the strongest possible terms.  To callously target Afghan men and women who devote their lives to serving and defending their fellow citizens, as the Taliban did today, is an act of extraordinary cowardice.  We share the sorrow of all Afghans over these ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

February 20, 2017 Illicit drug production and trafficking are among the most insidious and destructive challenges we face–together with our brave Afghan government and security force partners.  These drugs fuel violence, abuse, and addiction of the Afghan people, and indeed the world.   Drugs are a poison to our youth and have created a serious public ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attack in Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

February 9, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attack on six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jowzjan Province.  Those responsible for this despicable act have a complete disregard for human life.  There is no possible justification for the murder of selfless humanitarian workers committed to alleviating suffering ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

February 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attacks at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul that killed at least 21 innocent Afghans and wounded more than 40. This was an attack on the very foundation of Afghan democracy and the rule of law. The terrorists who committed this dastardly act have no ...
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Ambassador Llorens Congratulates Afghanistan on Opening of New Permanent Facility for Anti-Corruption Justice Center

January 29, 2017 Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the establishment of a new permanent facility for the Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul.  The new location will provide a secure and functional environment for the investigators, trial attorneys, and judges of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center to help them carry out their vital mandate to investigate ...
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Ambassador Llorens Welcomes Transition of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court

January 26, 2017 Chargé d’ Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the agreement of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to transition the administration of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court.  Today, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the heads of Afghanistan’s justice institutions as well as the Afghan Independent Bar ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Ghani and CEO Abdullah of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

January 18, 2017 President Obama spoke by phone today with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who was joined by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. President Obama expressed his deep appreciation for the steadfast partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.  He commended the leaders for their commitment to the Afghan ...
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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

January 11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attacks in Kabul that killed at least 38 innocent Afghans and wounded more than 70.  We also condemn the heinous attacks on the Kandahar Governor’s Office that killed at least 10 people and wounded 21, including the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Afghanistan and Emirati ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

January 11, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Parliamentary buildings in Kabul today that killed at least 38 Afghans and wounded more than 70. An attack on Parliamentary facilities and lawmakers is clearly an assault on Afghanistan’s efforts to build democratic institutions. We also strongly condemn the terrorist attack today in ...
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Statement of Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon during camera spray at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

January 7, 2017 Ambassador Shannon: Well, thank you very much. I am deeply grateful to the Acting Minister for his hospitality today both in serving us a wonderful Afghan lunch but also for the excellent conversation that we had…I only want to underscore that the purpose of my trip was two-fold. First as the administration ...
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon Travels to Afghanistan and Austria

January 7, 2017 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and other senior government officials.  Ambassador Shannon underscored the strong partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and reiterated our continued commitment to Afghanistan’s peace, prosperity, and security. ...
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Statement on the Arrival of Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens (December 19, 2016)

December 19, 2016 Ambassador Hugo Llorens, Special Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, has assumed responsibilities as Chief of the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan. Ambassador Llorens, who previously served as Assistant Chief of Mission in Kabul from 2012 to 2013, returns to Afghanistan to lead the U.S. Mission in its ongoing efforts to bolster Afghanistan’s embrace of democracy, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

December 14, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.  The threat of kidnapping is high. The potential also exists for protests to occur in Afghan cities at short notice.  Militant groups usually plan attacks against locations and individuals ...
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Afghanistan Top Exports at “Exhibition Afghanistan” in Dubai (December 8, 2016)

December 8, 2016 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries, held a five-day event called Exhibition Afghanistan in Dubai to drive exports of Afghan products ranging from carpets and cashmere to almonds and apparel. The two-part program consisted of a business-to-business matchmaking event on December ...
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Heart of Asia Ministerial Intervention (December 4, 2016)

Remarks by Laurel Miller – Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan – Heart of Asia—Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference – Amritsar, India – December 4, 2016 It is an honor to join all the distinguished participants at this year’s Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference. On behalf of President Obama and Secretary Kerry, I want to ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens (November 22, 2016)

November 22, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for Afghanistan ,   Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP )  to receive security ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kabul Mosque Attack (November 21, 2016)

November 21, 2016 We strongly condemn today’s attack on worshippers at the Baqir-ul-Olum mosque in Kabul and extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless and cowardly act. This attack is another demonstration of contempt for religious tolerance and communal harmony by the enemies of peace and progress ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

November 12, 2016  Consular Section Closed – November 13, 2016 In light of the November 12 attack on Bagram Airfield and the November 10 attack on the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services on Sunday, November 13 as a temporary precautionary measure.  The consular section will only provide ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

November 10, 2016 The U.S. Embassy Kabul The U.S. Embassy has received information of a potential demonstration scheduled for November 11 in Kabul City. The demonstration is reportedly being organized by the Enlightenment Movement leader over the death of an Afghan female in Iran. The event has also been publicized on social media. The U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kabul Shrine Attack (October 12, 2016)

October 12, 2016 We strongly condemn yesterday evening’s attack on worshippers at Kabul’s Kart-e-Sakhi shrine and extend our deepest condolences to families and friends of the victims of this senseless and cowardly act. This attack is another demonstration of contempt for religious tolerance and communal harmony by the enemies of peace and progress in Afghanistan. ...
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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson on Attacks against Ashura Mourners (October 12, 2016)

October 12, 2016 The United States condemns the deplorable attacks against worshippers at Shia shrines in Kabul yesterday evening and against Ashura mourners today in Balkh province. We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. Such attacks are clearly intended to drive sectarian tension in Afghanistan.  We commend ...
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Recent Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that several heavily armed suicide bombers entered the Karte Sakhi Mosque (PD-3) and may have opened fire on parishioners.  It is believed the insurgents are now holding hostages.  Afghan security forces have deployed to the site. As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens

October 5, 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want ...
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Recent Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

October 5, 2016 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan because of continued instability and threats by terrorist organizations against U.S. citizens. This replaces the Travel Warning issued June 22, 2016. Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, ...
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Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016)

October 5, 2016 The following is the text of a joint communique issued by the 75 countries and over 22 international organizations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The Brussels Conference was opened by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure In Observance of Columbus Day and Ashura

October 3, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in observance of the Columbus Day.  In addition, the Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in observance of the Afghan holiday Ashura. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the ...
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U.S. Embassy Peace Accords Statement (September 22, 2016)

September 22, 2016 We welcome today’s accord negotiated and concluded by the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) as a step in bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful end. The United States continues to support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that results in armed groups ceasing violence, breaking ties with international ...
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Afghanistan Welcomes Foreign Investors to Partner in Advancing its Energy Sector (September 19, 2016)

September 19, 2016 Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water, organized a two-day Energy Business Opportunities Conference in Dubai, on September 18 – 19, 2016.  More than 200 participants representing Middle Eastern , Central Asian, Turkish, European and North American companies working ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11, 2016)

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION September 11, 2016 Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens

September 10, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services from Monday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in observance of the Afghan holiday Eid-e-Qurban. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-108-001. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for Afghanistan ,   Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

September 7, 2016 As the Afghan observance of Martyrs’ Day on September 9, 2016 and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approach, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security.  Demonstrations and additional local security related to ceremonies commemorating Martyrs’ Day ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Afghan Martyrdom Day Holiday Closure

September 6, 2016 The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Thursday, September 8, 2016, in honor of the Afghan Martyrdom Day national holiday.  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Sunday, September 11, 2016. As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State warns U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

September 6, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that an ongoing attack is taking place in the Shar-e-Now neighborhood of Kabul, behind the Kabul Bank.  All U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area until further notice. As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to ...
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.S. Embassy Condemns Attacks in Kabul (September 6, 2016)

September 6, 2016 We strongly condemn yesterday’s deadly attack on security forces near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul. “We offer our deepest condolences to those affected by the attacks and their families.” said U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley. “These horrendous attacks reinforce the callous disregard the Taliban have for the innocent men, women, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on CARE International (September 6, 2016)

September 6, 2016 We strongly condemn today’s deadly attack on the offices of CARE International in Kabul.  The men and women of CARE International help to build a brighter future for Afghanistan.  Their efforts save lives, empower women, mitigate poverty, and improve the opportunities of all Afghans. We offer our condolences to the victims and ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on American University Afghanistan (August 25, 2016)

August 25, 2016 We condemn yesterday’s heinous attack on the American University Afghanistan in Kabul. The targeting of Afghan students and university staff who are working to improve the future of Afghanistan is a cruel and cowardly act. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured, as well as with the victims’ families, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Afghan Independence Day (August 18, 2016)

August 18, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend our congratulations and best wishes to the government and people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Afghanistan’s 97th anniversary of independence on August 18. Despite the many challenges Afghanistan has faced and the many sacrifices endured, there is much to celebrate ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

August 4, 2016 In light of recent violence, including the July 23 explosions in western Kabul, which killed at least 80 people and injured over 260 others, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the serious threat of violence, kidnapping, and hostage taking in Afghanistan. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens (July 31, 2016)

July 31, 2016 Starting August 2, 2016, the pedestrian entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, located opposite of the Afghan National Radio and TV station, will be temporarily closed for construction.   U.S. Embassy visitors, including U.S. citizens and visa applicants, must instead use the temporary visitor entrance located on Street 10 Burj Barqh, opposite ...
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U.S. Embassy Commends Afghanistan on Becoming the 164th Member of the World Trade Organization (July 29, 2016)

July 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy warmly commends the Afghan government and its people on becoming the 164th member of the World Trade Organization, or WTO.  This landmark achievement comes after over a decade of partnership between the United States and Afghanistan on trade issues, including sustained USAID assistance.  Afghanistan’s accession to the WTO calls ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Peaceful TUTAP Demonstration (July 23, 2016)

July 23, 2016 The United States Embassy condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly bombing attack that has claimed scores of innocent lives in Kabul during a peaceful demonstration in which citizens were exercising their constitutional rights.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the deceased, and we wish all ...
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SECURITY MESSAGE ON DEMONSTRATIONS AND GATHERINGS

July 21, 2016 The U.S. Embassy has received information that on July 23, there may be large scale protests in various parts of Kabul, Afghanistan along major city streets.  Large crowds are expected to begin mobilizing as early as 6:00 a.m. and the protests may continue until the afternoon. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens ...
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Senators meet President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah (July 4, 2016)

July 4, 2016 U.S. Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and leader of the U.S. delegation including Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), Joe Donnelly (Democrat-Indiana) and Ben Sasse (Republican-Nebraska), met with President Ghani and with Chief Executive Abdullah to discuss security issues and the bilateral relationship between the United States ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Afghan National Police and Civilians (June 30, 2016)

June 30, 2016 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s horrific, multi-part attack on Afghan National Police and civilians in Kabul.  The first attack targeted new police cadets, with a second attack purposefully targeting the brave people who rushed to help the victims.  This cruel and complete disregard for human life during the holy month of Ramazan ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor’s Remarks for Promote Scholarship Launch Ceremony (June 29, 2016)

June 29, 2016 I’m very honored to be here today to celebrate the launch of a great new scholarship program under the framework of USAID’s initiative for Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, perhaps better known as “Promote.” These new scholarships will be administered by our long-term partner, the Asia Foundation, and will directly ...
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Access to Higher Education to Unleash Potential in Afghan Women (June 29, 2016)

June 29, 2015 | Kabul, Afghanistan Today, the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education (MoHE) Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Women’s Affairs H.E. Delbar Nazari, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs,  Martyrs & Disabled H.E. Nasreen Oryakhail, the United States Agency for International ...
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U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson on the World’s “Resolute Commitment” to Afghanistan (June 22, 2016)

The investments in security and development that the international community has made in Afghanistan are yielding dividends, according to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Richard Olson. “With momentous achievements in education, health, the economy, infrastructure, women’s rights, and the most dynamic media landscape in the region, Afghanistan has made unparalleled developmental gains.  ...
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Ambassador Olson’s Remarks on Afghanistan at the Atlantic Council (June 21, 2016)

June 21, 2016 We are on the eve of the NATO Warsaw Summit, where NATO allies and partners will reaffirm their financial commitments to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces for 2018 through 2020 and sustain our Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan Security forces beyond 2016. In October, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on June 5 Attacks (June 6, 2016)

June 6, 2016 The U.S. Embassy condemns yesterday’s attacks on justice workers in Logar, the murder of Parliamentarian Sher Wali Wardak, and violence in Helmand that took the life of American photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan journalist Zabihulla Tamanna. Our thoughts and prayers are with the grief-stricken families and colleagues of those who died yesterday, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

May 28, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers. As a precaution, the ...
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U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (May 24, 2016)

May 24, 2016 On May 24, U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive in support of the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). The blood will be distributed to hospitals in Kabul and to provincial medical treatment facilities. Afghan hospitals rely on blood donations for trauma victims and for patients undergoing other life-saving ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

May 15, 2016 Due to planned mass demonstrations throughout Kabul City, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section will not be handling visa appointments on Monday, May 16.  The Consular Section will provide emergency consular services for U.S. citizens. Large crowds are expected to begin mobilizing as early as 6:00 a.m. in various parts of Kabul City.  ...
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USAID Recognizes Forty Afghan Entrepreneurs (May 11, 2016)

Kabul | May 11, 2016 U. S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley recognized the contribution of a group of 40 companies from Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif that – in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program – have invested $24.7 million in expanding their ...
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CEO Dr. Abdullah and Ambassador McKinley join women civil society leaders at USAID Promote Musharikat National Summit (May 10, 2016)

H.E. CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts.  Speaking to the women at the Government Media and Information Center, CEO Dr. Abdullah said: “I am honored to have ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

March 5, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: The threat to U.S. citizens of kidnapping and hostage taking continues to be very high at this time in Kabul.  There are no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of any planned kidnappings.  ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

May 4, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kabul Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens May 4, 2016 The Kabul City Police District 10 Chief of Police has issued a warning to Kabul City residents, especially in Police District 10, advising of ongoing threats of suicide and/or coordinated attacks, and kidnapping against International Guest Houses, UN Offices, ICRC Offices, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

May 4, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kabul Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens May 4, 2016 The Kabul City Police District 10 Chief of Police has issued a warning to Kabul City residents, especially in Police District 10, advising of ongoing threats of suicide and/or coordinated attacks, and kidnapping against International Guest Houses, UN Offices, ICRC Offices, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

May 2, 2016 Following the Taliban announcement of the formal start of the Spring offensive, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, ...
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National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs Hosts Senior Afghan National Security Team (April 27, 2016)

On April 22, National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs hosted a number of senior Afghan police, military, and national security officials for a round table discussion regarding the U.S. –Afghan partnership and how best to integrate efforts to address Afghanistan’s goals for security and stability. The Afghan military and police general officers and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

April 19, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that an attack has taken place across from the Ministry of Defense in District 10, Kabul, approximately 1.2 kilometers southeast of the Embassy, near the Soccer Stadium, at approximately 9:04am.  Afghan National Security Forces are securing the area and are currently engaging unknown insurgents ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Attack in Kabul (April 19, 2016)

April 19, 2016 Today Kabul suffered a deadly attack for which the Taliban claimed credit, underscoring the harm that the Taliban continues to inflict on the Afghan people.  The U.S. Embassy condemns this senseless act of violence.   Afghanistan deserves peace and security, not attacks that victimize parents taking their children to school, workers on their ...
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Herat University Celebrates Opening of New Media Operations Center (April 19, 2016)

April 19, 2016 On March 12, 2016 the Herat University Faculty of Journalism held an official opening for their new Media Operations Center (MOC).  The MOC contains classrooms for Journalism classes as well as television, radio, and print studios. These facilities allow the faculty to offer courses and hands-on training in the modern techniques of ...
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REMARKS: Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 MODERATOR: (In progress) (Via interpreter) and after that we will only allow two questions. We’ll only be responding to two questions. So (inaudible) to his Excellency, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – your Excellency president. PRESIDENT GHANI: (Via interpreter) The entirely merciful, especially merciful, honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, and respective ...
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REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry And Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani At the Opening of Bilateral Commission (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 MODERATOR:  Honorable Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry, Excellency Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, distinguished ministers, and ladies and gentlemen: Good afternoon, and welcome to the third bilateral commission meeting.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is delighted to be your host.  May I at the outset invite His Excellency the Foreign Minister to ...
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Joint Statement on the Third Meeting of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission Kabul (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 On April 9 in Kabul, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened the third meeting of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission to review progress in the bilateral relationship and chart a course for future cooperation. This meeting, called for by the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between ...
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Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah Before Their Meeting (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ABDULLAH: I welcome Secretary John Kerry, a friend of Afghanistan and of mine who is visiting Afghanistan on the occasion of the convening of the joint [bilateral] commission. Today, he had comprehensive meetings during the commission that covered all areas of bilateral and multilateral relations, as well as  mutual cooperation.  ...
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Ambassador McKinley’s Remarks to the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (April 4, 2016)

Delivered April 4, 2016 Good morning.  Minister Hakimi, distinguished guests, thank you for giving me an opportunity to address this forum. Earlier today, President Ghani made clear that the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the donors conference in Brussels are part of a larger process of laying the foundations for a longer-term commitment of the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

March 17, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that due to Nawruz, the Afghan New Year (20-21 March) insurgents are planning disruptive activities aimed to target celebrations in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. In response to this potential threat, there may be a significant increase in security throughout Kabul City. As a ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Participants of Youth Solidarity and English Language Camp Home to Afghanistan (March 13, 2016)

March 13, 2016 On March 10, the United States Embassy in Kabul hosted a welcome home celebration for 59 Afghan youth and 6 Afghan coaches who participated in the Youth Solidarity and English Language Camp. The participants, who come from Kabul, Nangarhar, Jawzjan, and Herat provinces, spent 4 weeks together in Antalya Turkey improving their ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Job Fair for Exchange Program Alumni (March 3, 2016)

March 3, 2016 On March 2, the United States Embassy in Kabul hosted a job fair and networking event for alumni of Embassy-sponsored exchange programs.  More than 45 exchange program alumni met with 22 potential employers, including private companies, government ministries, job placement agencies, USAID contractors, and NGOs.  The majority of alumni in attendance participated ...
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Statement Condemning the Terrorist Attack in Kunar Province (February 27, 2016)

February 27, 2016 The U.S. Embassy emphatically condemns the terrorist attack in Kunar Province today that claimed the lives of more than a dozen innocent civilians, including children, and wounded many more.  The Afghan people deserve peace and security, not attacks like this one against innocent civilians.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ...
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The Fourth Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (February 23, 2016)

February 23, 2016 The fourth meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Kabul on February 23, 2016. The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Chinese Ambassador ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 19, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kabul The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: The threat to U.S. citizens of kidnapping and hostage taking in Afghanistan is very high at this time. There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of any planned ...
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Afghan and American Female Footballers Hold Friendly Match at U.S. Embassy (February 11, 2016)

Afghan and American Female Footballers Hold Friendly Match at U.S. Embassy February 11, 2016 The Afghan Football Federation women’s footballers joined forces with the U.S. Embassy to celebrate the U.S. National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 3, 2016.  The day started with a video conference session with retired U.S. National Women’s Soccer ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley on work of Afghan Mass Media Commission (February 9, 2016)

February 9, 2016 I congratulate the Afghan Mass Media Commission’s launch of the by-law on Establishment and Activity of Private Mass Media, which is the result of a broad collaboration of representatives from the government, media, and civil society. I particularly commend the new law’s protections for the rights of journalists. I hope the implementation ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

February 8, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that as of early February 2016, unidentified insurgents are planning to attack unidentified foreign guesthouses in Kabul City, possibly near the Qala-e Fatullah neighborhood. The attack could also occur near Ansari or Haji Yaqub roundabouts in Kabul City. There is no further information regarding ...
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The Third Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (February 6, 2016)

Islamabad – Pakistan February 6, 2016 The third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Islamabad on 6 February 2016. Foreign  Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry hosted the meeting. Other delegations were led by Afghan Deputy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of insurgents planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, educational centers, and vehicle convoys. The potential ...
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Ambassador Richard Olson Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Press Briefing at NATO Brussels (January 29, 2016)

NATO Brussels January 29, 2016 Moderator:  I am absolutely delighted to have Ambassador Olson here, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will tell you a little bit about his visit here in Brussels and particularly at NATO.  I know you’ve all gotten the bio but I just want to touch on a few highlights ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that as of mid-January 2016, militants were planning to attack an unknown hotel or guesthouse frequented by the international community in the Shar-e-Now area of Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan.  There is no further information regarding the timing, target, location, or method of any planned attacks. As ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on January 20 Attack on Media Professionals (January 20, 2016)

January 20, 2016 We strongly condemn tonight’s attack on a bus carrying media professionals on Darulaman Road in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. Murdering those who work to enlighten, educate, and entertain will not stop Afghans from exercising their universal human right to freedom of expression. ...
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The Second Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (January 18, 2016)

January 18, 2016 The second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Kabul on January 18, 2016. The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the US ...
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Ambassador Richard Olson Travel to Afghanistan (January 12, 2016)

January 12, 2016 Ambassador Richard Olson, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, traveled to Kabul on January 12 to meet with senior Afghan government officials.  Ambassador Olson expressed continued U.S. support for the National Unity Government and the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation effort.  He also expressed continued U.S. support for the Afghan National Defense ...
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Joint Press Release of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation (January 11, 2016)

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 11, 2016 The following statement was released by the Governments of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the United States of America on the occasion of the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Begin Text: The first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizen

January 10, 2016 U.S. Embassy Kabul  Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens  January 10, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that as of early January 2016 an unspecified group of militants plan to kidnap an unidentified American and unidentified Europeans who are employees of an unidentified non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, educational centers, and vehicle convoys.  The Embassy is taking these ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Regarding This Evening’s Terrorist Attack (January 4, 2016)

January 4, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. We are investigating the situation. In response to this incident, Ambassador McKinley said “Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s violence. The United States remains committed to the people of Afghanistan and to the National ...
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The United States Government Provides $50 million for Immediate Job Creation

December 20, 2015 The U.S. government is investing an additional $50 million in two on-going projects to stimulate immediate job creation for the Afghan people. “We recognize that the past year has been a difficult time for the people of Afghanistan,” said the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley.  “We support the National ...
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WTO Approves Afghanistan’s Accession Terms

December 17, 2015 The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted Afghanistan’s terms of accession into the renowned multilateral trading organization at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference on December 17 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Afghanistan will have until June 2016 to ratify the deal and formally become WTO’s 164th Member, joining a global trading organization that accounts ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy 2016 Holiday Schedule

This notice is to advise American citizens residing or traveling in Afghanistan that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for all routine services on the following Afghan and U.S. holidays throughout 2016. Date Day Holiday Type December 31 Thursday New Year’s Day U.S. January 17 Sunday Martin Luther King’s ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy 2016 Holiday Schedule

This notice is to advise American citizens residing or traveling in Afghanistan that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for all routine services on the following Afghan and U.S. holidays throughout 2016. Date Day Holiday Type December 31 Thursday New Year’s Day U.S. January 17 Sunday Martin Luther King’s ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Release of Engineer Ishchi (December 13, 2016)

December 13, 2016 The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of Engineer Ahmad Ishchi.  The unlawful detention and reported mistreatment of Mr. Ishchi by the First Vice President raises serious concerns. We would welcome the Afghan government’s move to swiftly investigate these allegations. A strong, independent justice system is the cornerstone of every stable society. Afghans ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Attack on Spanish Embassy’

December 11, 2015 | U.S. Embassy Kabul The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that an explosion and follow on attack targeting the Spanish Embassy has taken place at the Spanish Embassy at approximately 5:55 p.m. local time. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid Wazir Ahkbarkan near the Spanish Embassyuntil further notice. As ...
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Ambassador McKinley Announces Application Open Season for the Fulbright Exchange Program in Afghanistan

December 10, 2015 On December 10, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley announced the start of the recruitment season for the U.S. government’s flagship Fulbright exchange program.   The Fulbright Program is one the most prestigious U.S. government academic exchange programs, awarding highly competitive scholarships to participants from more than 165 countries around the world to pursue graduate ...
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Statement of the Quadrilateral Meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States

December 10, 2015 A Quadrilateral (2+2) meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States was held in Islamabad today, on the sidelines of the Fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken ...
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Statement of the Trilateral Meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States

December 10, 2015 Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are fully committed to enabling an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned political process that promotes a dialogue between the Afghan government and groups of Taliban on the future of Afghanistan and the cessation of violence. Peace and reconciliation remains the surest way to end violence and ensure stability in ...
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Joint Statement – Trilateral Meeting Afghanistan, United States and the European Union on 9th December 2015

December 9, 2015 The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the European Union, and the United States of America met on December 9th 2015, in Islamabad, on the margins of the Heart of Asia Ministerial. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Technology Competition for Afghan Citizens

December 7, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is pleased to announce the global 2016 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST)  Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition.  GIST Tech-I is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs aged 18-40.  Winners will be invited to present their submissions at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul has received credible reports of an imminent attack in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan within the next 48 hours.  During this period of heightened threat, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city.  There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul | November 23, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

November 19, 2015 | U.S. Embassy Kabul U.S. Embassy Kabul has received reports that as of mid-November 2015, militants planned to target and kidnap a group of three or four unidentified U.S. persons who dressed in Afghan attire and frequently traveled to the Chotari (unlocated), Mangal, and Tang (unlocated) areas of Azrah District, Logar Province, ...
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U.S. Ambassador McKinley Recognizes Afghan Entrepreneurs

November 18, 2015 Kabul, November 18, 2015 – The United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley and the Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Ahmad Zia Sayed Khaili, recognized 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises that successfully completed investment partnerships with the U.S. Agency ...
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Ambassador Attends Ceremony to Honor Victims

On November 16, 2015, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley participated in a ceremony held at the NATO Resolute Support Mission Headquarters in Kabul to honor victims of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, France. Ceremony attendees, including General Campbell, Commander of Resolute Support and senior officers and troops from other nations, also commemorated victims of attacks ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth Orchestra from Afghan National Institute of Music

October 29, 2015 The Youth Orchestra of the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) performed a concert of Afghan and American songs at the U.S. Embassy on October 29.  After their one-hour performance, ANIM premiered a film that documents the Youth Orchestra’s 2013 musical tour in the United States.  The documentary features many of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Project to Preserve Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

October 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan is proud to announce the launch of a new U.S. Embassy-sponsored project with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology to help preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.  The project, formally launched on October 21, 2015 in a ceremony with Minister of ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul

October 21, 2015 As of late October 2015, militants were planning a complex attack involving both suicide vehicular improvised explosive devices (SVIEDS) and attackers armed with assault rifles against a U.S. compound in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. The Embassy is taking this threat very seriously. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul | October 10, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul has received reports that as of early October 2015, militants were planning to conduct a complex attack using a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and suicide bombers against the United Nations Headquarters or possibly other United Nations facilities in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan ...
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U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service

October 7, 2015 On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive to support the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). U.S. Embassy employees – American, Afghan, and other nationalities – donated hundreds of units of blood that will be used to treat patients at Afghan health care facilities.  Ambassador ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Violence in Kunduz

For Immediate Release | October 3, 2015 The U.S. Embassy mourns for the individuals and families affected by the tragic incident at the Doctors without Borders hospital, and for all those suffering from the violence in Kunduz. Doctors without Borders performs heroic work throughout the world, including in Afghanistan, and our thoughts and prayers are ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul | October 3, 2015 As of October 3, 2015, media sources are reporting that Taliban fighters have moved into Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.  U.S. citizens present in Badakhshan, including the provincial capital of Fayzabad, are strongly urged to consider departing the area immediately. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul

September 29, 2015 As of September 29, 2015, multiple media sources are reporting that Taliban fighters have moved into Kunduz City, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan, including to Kunduz. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack in Paktika Province

September 28, 2015 The Embassy of the United States condemns yesterday’s horrific attack on a crowd of Afghans playing sports in Paktika Province, and offers our sincerest condolences to the victims and their families. The attack resulted in numerous deaths and injuries to innocent Afghans, including children, affecting families just days after Eid-Al-Adha. Such heinous ...
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Security Message

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following threat information against U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: As of late September 2015, militants planned to attack the Cure Eye Hospital or Clinic that was located near the Afghan National Assembly in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan on an unspecified date. The hospital or clinic’s physicians were unspecified ...
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Deputy Secretary Higginbottom’s Remarks at the Afghan Narcotics Rollout of the National Drug Action Plan

September 26, 2015 DEPUTY SECRETARY HIGGINBOTTOM: Good afternoon. Ambassador Tanin, thank you for your introduction, for moderating this event. Chief Executive Abdullah, I’d like to thank you and President Ghani for your leadership of Afghanistan. I’d also like to recognize Foreign Minister Rabbani, Deputy Foreign Minister Karzai, and all of the friends of Afghanistan who are ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the UNGA High-Level Event on Afghanistan

September 26, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Minister Rabbani.  And welcome to all of our colleagues to New York, to the annual UN diplomatic speed-dating derby.  We’re delighted to have you all here.  Chief Executive Abdullah, thank you very much.  Minister Wang, thank you for your participation in this.  And friends of ...
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Co-chairs’ Statement of the High-level Event on Afghanistan’s Peaceful Development and Regional Cooperation

September 26, 2015 The United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan convened a high-level meeting on Afghanistan’s peaceful development and regional cooperation on the margins of the 70th UN General Assembly.  Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul | September 21, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following threat information against U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: As of early September 2015, militants planned to conduct suicide attacks against the U.S. or U.K. Embassies in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan; the Continental Hotel in Kabul City; and the White House ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Fulbright Alumni and Candidates

September 14, 2015 On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley hosted a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in honor of recently selected candidates and alumni of the Fulbright academic exchange program.  Fulbright is one the most prestigious U.S. government programs, awarding highly competitive scholarships to participants from more than 165 countries to pursue ...
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U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley’s Statement on the SOM and RECCA

Last week the world saw a remarkable show of support for Afghanistan as representatives from over 40 regional and donor countries gathered at two high-level meetings to show their commitment to helping Afghanistan achieve enduring stability, security, and prosperity.  The Senior Officials Meeting demonstrated the deep and continuing commitment of donor countries to support the ...
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Statement by Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller at the Senior Officials Meeting

September 5, 2015 The United States is committed to helping Afghanistan achieve enduring stability.  We are pleased that so many of our partners have gathered here in Kabul to engage in this constructive conversation and show our collective support for Afghanistan’s stability, security and prosperity. Together with others in the international community, the United States ...
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Charge d’Affaires David E. Lindwall Hosts American Chamber of Commerce

August 31, 2015 Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, David E. Lindwall, hosted the American Chamber of Commerce of Afghanistan at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador.  Approximately 40 Afghan and American business leaders gathered at the Embassy to network and discuss the current business environment in the country.  Mr. Lindwall addressed ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

August 31, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, educational centers, and vehicle convoys. The potential ...
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U.S. State Department Announces $10.7 million for Humanitarian Demining Programs in Afghanistan

August 29, 2015 On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) announced the winners of six competitive grants worth $10.7 million to fund humanitarian demining and conventional weapons destruction programs in six Afghan provinces: Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir, Baghlan, Balkh, and Takhar. After three decades of conflict, Afghanistan ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

August 26, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following threat information against U.S. citizens in Afghanistan: As of late August 2015, militants planned to conduct an attack against an unknown U.S. citizen at the Bos Hotel in Lashkar Gah, Lashkar Gah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. No further information was available regarding the attackers, ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack in Kabul

August 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s terror attack in Kabul that resulted in the deaths of three Resolute Support civilians, as well as many Afghan civilians, and left dozens of others wounded.   At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who suffered as a result of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

August 15, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning threats to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of mid-August 2015, Afghan Taliban insurgents are planning to carry out an attack against a compound possibly located in the Taimani area of Police District 4 in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan.  Additionally, the ...
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Afghanistan: U.S. Condemns Attacks in Kabul

August 8, 2015 Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson We strongly condemn the series of insurgent attacks in Kabul yesterday.  These attacks resulted in hundreds of casualties and at least 44 deaths, including children, and demonstrate again the insurgency’s complete disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans. Such actions have no justification. We again call ...
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United States and Afghanistan Sign Memorandum of Understanding for the New Development Partnership

Kabul – Afghan Minister of Finance Hakimi, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley, and the USAID Mission Director William Hammink signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the New Development Partnership on August 3, 2015.  The New Development Partnership reflects the strategic importance of the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship and recognizes a new era of development ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

July 29, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American  connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, educational centers, and vehicle convoys. The potential ...
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Readout of the President’s Video Conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

July 22, 2015 The President today participated in a video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah.  The President commended the progress made since the leaders met in Washington in March, including on efforts to curb corruption, revive the economy, and improve regional economic connectivity.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Strongly Condemns Attack on Worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Baghlan Province (July 14, 2015)

July 14, 2015 For Immediate Release The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on worshippers gathered for Iftar at the Grand Mosque in Baghlan province.   The attack deliberately targeting individuals praying in a mosque is abhorrent, particularly during Ramadan, a time of peace and reflection. At this time, we offer our sympathies to the people ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: Sunday, July 12, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of early-July 2015, there is information suggesting militants are planning an attack in the Shar-e Now neighborhood, Kabul City, Afghanistan. The target may be a guesthouse or western ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul: Monday, July 6, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: Militants are planning to conduct a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack in the vicinity of the Shar-e Naw neighborhood in Kabul City, Afghanistan.  The target will likely be a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

July 2, 2015 Following the June 30, 2015, attack on a coalition military convoy in Kabul City,  the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations, vehicles, and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Coalition Forces in Kabul (June 30, 2015)

June 30, 2015 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s attack on NATO coalition forces in Kabul.  The attack resulted tragically in civilian casualties and demonstrates the blatant disregard for human life by those seeking to disrupt Afghanistan’s democratic progress.  The United States remains firmly committed to assisting the government of Afghanistan as it provides for the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul: Sunday, June 28, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: Militants are planning to conduct a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive (VBIED) attack in Kabul City in the vicinity of the American University of Kabul in the near future. The Embassy is ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul – Security Message for U.S. Citizens

June 25, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of mid-June 2015, militants planned to kidnap two purported U.S. citizens operating in Khost City, Khost Province, Afghanistan. The two unidentified individuals purportedly work for an unspecified U.S. or British organization based in ...
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Statement by Secretary of State on the Occasion of Ramadan (June 18, 2015)

June 18, 2015 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity. ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) (June 03, 2015)

June 03, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the attack on the guesthouse in Northern Afghanistan where employees of the Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) were staying.  PIN was implementing programs for the Afghan Government’s National Solidarity Program and trying to improve the lives of Afghans in rural areas.  We offer our deepest sympathy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

June 1, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, restaurants, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers. The potential also exists ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

May 21, 2015 As noted in our most recent travel advisory, the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan continues to receive information concerning threats to U.S. Government facilities including the Embassy and major hotels. The potential also exists for attacks against locations and individuals with American or foreign national connections. Separately, recent incidents have included attacks against ...
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Embassy Statement Condemning Today’s Attacks targeting the Ministry of Justice in Afghanistan (May 19, 2015)

May 19, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns today’s attack targeting the Ministry of Justice in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The attack reminds us of the risks that the civilian staff of the Ministry of Justice face in going about their daily work supporting the administration of rule of law in Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

May 11, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of late April, militants planned to conduct unspecified attacks against residences routinely visited by foreigners in Jalalabad City, Behsud District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. There were no further details regarding the locations or timing ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

May 5, 2015 Following the announcement of the official start of the Taliban fighting season on April 24, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David Lindwall’s OpEd on World Media Freedom Day (May 3, 2015)

Free Media Equals Positive Change May 3, 2015 Today, May 3, we mark World Press Freedom Day.  The United States joins with Afghanistan and the international community in celebrating the contributions of free media to the advancement of human dignity, liberty and prosperity worldwide.  Freedom of the media is the hallmark of a free society. ...
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United States Helps Afghan Refugee Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (April 26, 2015)

April 26, 2015 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Simon Henshaw, visited Kabul on April 25-27 to review U.S. humanitarian assistance programs and discuss cooperation to assist refugee returnees and displaced persons with Afghan, UN and other international and non-governmental organization officials. Henshaw commended ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

April 22, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that there is credible information suggesting that there could be attacks in coming days against vehicles transporting western officials on routes linking Masood Circle and ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 21, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning an imminent threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of mid-April 2015, militants planned to conduct an imminent attack in Police District 2 of Kabul City, Afghanistan.  There was no further information regarding the timing, target, location, ...
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Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (April 19, 2015)

April 19, 2015 The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the 2014-15 Afghanistan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup, the world’s largest and most prestigious law school moot court competition, attracts teams from nearly 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. ...
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Demonstration Notice

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 16, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration taking place in Sharee-Now Park right on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  The protesters will be demonstrating against recent attacks on police check points in Badakhshan province.  We anticipate the size of the protest to ...
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Demonstration Notice

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 13, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is taking place in front of Afghan Parliament Building on Monday, April 13, 2015.  Kabul university students are gathering to protest the kidnap of 31 Hazaras in Zabul province. The size of the protest is approximately 250 people. Even ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 11, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: Militants planned to launch a series of attacks  targeting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civilians operating in Andar, Giro and Gelan Districts in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan; and in Gomal, Sarobi and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

August 11, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul In light of a wave of recent attacks and surge in civilian casualties, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reiterates the heightened security environment and escalated threat level for U.S. citizens.  The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.  The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 10, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning an imminent threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of early April 2015, militants planned to conduct an imminent attack using a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) against unspecified foreign entities in Kabul City, Afghanistan.  There was ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Today’s Attack on the Courthouse in Mazar-e Sharif (April 9, 2015)

April 9, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns the horrific attack on the courthouse in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province.  Today’s attack reminds us of the risks that police, prosecutors and judges face in going about their daily work pursuing impartial justice and rule of law in Afghanistan. Our thoughts are with the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens on Three Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 6, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens that there are three demonstrations taking place in Kabul City throughout the morning of Monday, April 06, 2015.  The first demonstration is located at Sharee-Now Park at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 06, 2015.  At the first protest, approximately 2000 Shopkeepers and laborers ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens

April 6, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City and elsewhere in Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers. The potential also exists for ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador McKinley for International Day of Mine Awareness (April 4, 2015)

April 4, 2015 April 4, 2015 marks the 10th observance of the International Day of Mine Awareness.  On this occasion the people of Afghanistan have many reasons to be proud.  Landmines from past conflicts once remained in nearly every district of Afghanistan.  Thanks to the courage and dedication of Afghan de-miners, along with support from ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Open Application Season for Academic Exchange Programs (April 1, 2015)

April 1, 2015 Investing in Afghanistan’s Future The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kabul is pleased to announce the open application season for three U.S. government-sponsored academic exchange opportunities for qualified Afghans during the 2016-17 academic year. Beginning April 1, 2015, applications will be accepted for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens on Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: March 24, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in front of the Afghan Supreme Court starting at 11:00 on March 24, 2015.  The Kabul Civil Activist Society in Kabul City will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of condemning the murder of Farkhunda, ...
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U.S.-Afghanistan Joint Statement (March 25, 2015)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2015 President Barack Obama welcomed Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and the accompanying Afghan delegation to Washington from March 22-26, 2015. The visit offered an opportunity to renew U.S.-Afghan relations, review the joint achievements of the ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Ghani of Afghanistan in Joint Press Conference (March 26, 2015)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2015 *Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk. 2:30 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Before I begin, I want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Europe, especially the people of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens on Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: March 23, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is taking place today, March 23, 2015, to protest the killing last week of the Afghan woman Farkhunda by an angry mob.  This gathering will take place at 11:00 a.m. near the Shah Do Shamshera Mosque in Kabul City, Afghanistan. ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry And Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (March 23, 2015)

March 23, 2015 Camp David SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  On behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the entire Administration and my fellow secretaries, we are very, very pleased to welcome Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive officer, to Camp David.  President Obama thought ...
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FACT SHEET: Strengthening the Strategic Partnership of the United States and Afghanistan (March 26, 2015)

March 23, 2015 During the historic visit to Washington of President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah from March 22 to 25, 2015, U.S. and Afghan officials have reviewed the achievements of the last 13 years and discussed the actions each country needs to take to ensure that ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter And Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (M

March 23, 2015 Camp David SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m really very pleased to be here, together with Secretary Carter, to welcome the president of Afghanistan, President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah.  We’re very, very pleased to be here with them today. As most of you know, and I had a chance to share ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

March 12, 2015 To provide the American community in Afghanistan additional security, the U.S. embassy will begin to post (and occasionally send to registrants) precautionary messages about public gatherings and demonstrations to the Travel & Security Information portion of the U.S. Embassy Kabul website. The messages will follow the template with the applicable and known information: U.S. Embassy Kabul informs ...
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Afghan Air Force Pilot wins International Women of Courage Award (March 8, 2015)

March 8, 2015 In honor of International Women’s Day, Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom hosted the ninth annual International Women of Courage Awards ceremony on March 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for ...
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Remarks at the International Women of Courage Ceremony (March 6, 2015)

March 6, 2015 Catherine M. Russell – Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Heather Higginbottom – Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Ms. Nadia Sharmeen Washington, DC Staff: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 2015 International Women of Courage award recipients, the Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

March 2, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City, Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, the airport, civilian institutes, and educational centers. The potential also exists for protests to occur ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: February 28, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season.  This IRS guidance is also posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on  travel.state.gov . Who Must File? All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even ...
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U.S. Embassy Offers Condolences to the Victims of the Avalanches in Afghanistan (February 28, 2015)

February 28, 2015 The United States Embassy is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Afghanistan as a result of the recent avalanches. We extend our sincere condolences to the people of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in this disaster. The United States continues to work with ...
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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offers for Information on Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) Terrorists (February 26, 2015)

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on two associates of the extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for information ...
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U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (February 25, 2015)

February 25, 2015 On February 24, U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive in support of the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). The blood will be distributed to hospitals in Kabul and to provincial medical treatment facilities. Afghan hospitals rely on blood donations for trauma victims and for patients undergoing other life-saving ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: February 24, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning threats to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of late February 2015, militants planned to conduct multiple imminent attacks against an unspecified target or targets in Kabul City, Afghanistan. There was no further information regarding the timing, target, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: February 22, 2015 U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Massoud Circle, near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul City, Afghanistan from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, February 23.  Civil society activists will be staging a demonstration to condemn the recent severe cases of violence ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Logar Province Police Headquarters (February 17, 2015)

February 17, 2015 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s horrific attack at the police headquarters in Logar Province. The attack targeted police officers, who in service to their country were providing security to their community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those killed and injured today, as well as with the victims’ families, colleagues, ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack that Killed Nangarhar Provincial Council Member Angiza Shinwari (February 16, 2015)

February 16, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns last week’s attack that targeted Nangarhar Provincial Council Member Angiza Shinwari. She should be remembered for her service to the community through her work as a civil society activist, journalist and a strong voice on the Provincial Council.  We offer our sincere condolences to the family of ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: February 14, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, received the following information concerning an imminent threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of February 2015, militants are preparing an imminent complex attack against the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul City, Afghanistan, from a location near Massoud Circle.  The U.S. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: February 12, 2015 The U.S. Embassy Kabul has received reports of an ongoing demonstration of approximately 600 persons, along 80 Meters Airport Road, near the Montaz Hotel in Kabul City, Afghanistan.  It appears to be a political rally in anticipation of an Afghan official scheduled to speak in the near future ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 9, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning a threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of December 2014, militants intended to kidnap one or more U.S. citizens in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan by executing a complex attack using a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).  The militants intended to ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan: February 8, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning an imminent threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of early February 2015, militants planned to use two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) – a blue car and a tuktuk – against an unspecified American target in Jalalabad ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Afghanistan’s First National Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition (February 8, 2015)

February 8, 2015 Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Commerce hosted Afghanistan’s first national moot court competition for international commercial arbitration from January 31 to February 2, 2015. Six teams from three universities – American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul University, and Kardan University – ...
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Deputy Secretary Higginbottom Travel to Afghanistan (February 6, 2015)

February 6, 2015 Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom traveled to Afghanistan February 4-5. While in Afghanistan, the Deputy Secretary met with President Ghani and reviewed U.S. government operations and assistance programs. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom also met with justice, infrastructure, democracy, health, counternarcotics, and education implementing partners to discuss their challenges, achievements, and innovations. Additionally, Deputy Secretary ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

February 2, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to receive reports of militants planning unspecified attacks in Kabul City, Afghanistan against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers such as the American University. With the increased number ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Women’s Dormitory of Herat University (February 2, 2015)

February 2, 2015 On Monday, February 2, the Embassy of the United States of America in Kabul, the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan and Herat University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the new women’s dormitory at Herat University. Financed by the United States Forces Afghanistan and built by the U.S. Army Corps ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: January 28, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan received the following information concerning an imminent threat to U.S. citizens living in Afghanistan: As of late January 2015, militants were planning to conduct an unspecified attack against two U.S.-citizen teachers – a male and a female – at the Nangarhar University in Nangarhar ...
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U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Facilitates Multi-Million Dollar U.S. / Afghan Business Partnership (January 20, 2015)

January 20, 2015 International Ice Bagging Systems, LLC (IIBS), a Chicago-based business, which manufactures the Eco-Ice System®, and AZ Corporation, an Afghan based company, headquartered in Kabul, recently concluded a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal that will enable AZ to add bagged ice production to its existing portfolio of products and services, and provide valuable jobs ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy 2015 Holiday Schedule

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: January 17, 2015 This notice is to advise American citizens residing or traveling in Afghanistan that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for all routine services on the following Afghan and U.S. holidays throughout 2015. Date Day Holiday Type January 1 Thursday New Year’s Day ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Open Application Season for the Fulbright Master’s and Ph.D. Programs (January 12, 2015)

January 12, 2015 Investing in Afghanistan’s Future On January 12, U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Public Affairs Counselor Hilary Olsin-Windecker announced the open application season for the world-class Fulbright Master’s and PhD Programs. Fulbright is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship educational exchange program.  The program in Afghanistan, one of the largest in the world, seeks to ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Taking the U.S. Foreign Service Exam in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: January 6, 2015 We are pleased to announce that U.S. Embassy Kabul is an official testing site for the 2015 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).  Please share this management notice with your friends and colleagues who have expressed interest in taking the FSOT. Registering for the FSOT is the first step in becoming ...
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Ambassador P. Michael McKinley Presents Diplomatic Credentials (January 6, 2015)

January 6, 2015 U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley presented his diplomatic credentials to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at a ceremony today at the Presidential Palace.  Ambassador McKinley previously served as Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan. Before his tenure in Afghanistan, Ambassador McKinley served as the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from August 2010 to ...
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Increased Validity on Certain U.S. Visas for Afghans (January 4, 2015)

(January 4, 2015) The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is pleased to announce changes to the validity of certain U.S. nonimmigrant visas for Afghan nationals. On December 2, 2014, the governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan agreed to extend the validity of nonimmigrant visas for short-term business travelers, tourists, ...
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Fees for Consular Services to Change on September 12, 2014

September 14, 2014 Fees for Consular Services to Change on September 12, 2014 Effective September 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will adjust processing fees for some services. The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same. The fee for processing an application for ...
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