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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Release of Two Hostages from the Taliban

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. King, an American, and Weeks, an Australian, were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered today and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the ...
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U.S. Treasury Designates Supreme Leader of Iran’s Inner Circle Responsible for Advancing Regime’s Domestic and Foreign Oppression

Action coincides with 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals who are appointees of, or have acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader ...
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Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul from October 26 to October 28 and from October 29 to November 1.  The Special Representative met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other government officials.  The Special Representative briefed the government on his recent consultations with allies, partners, and other countries in the ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The Embassy has learned that terrorist groups and individuals are seeking to increase attacks on Americans and others living or working in Kabul’s International Zone. We encourage you to consider carefully all potential travel and limit trips only to those necessary. We expect terrorists will continue to target political rallies, speeches, and ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day and the Ashura religious holiday will occur on September 9, 2019.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, ...
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