Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location Throughout Afghanistan

Event Massoud Day will occur on September 8, 2020.  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, groups of vehicles travel across Kabul City discharging small arms fire throughout the day.  Large gatherings and vehicle convoys present an elevated risk of violent attacks and suicide bombings. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in observance of Massoud Day.

In addition, U.S. citizens should exercise additional caution on September 11 given a possible heightened risk of attacks on this anniversary.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings


U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: (00 93) (0)700-10-8000

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

Afghanistan Country Information 

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