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 could lead to unexpected road closures.  Official U.S. Embassy travel could be restricted without notice.  Please review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including at local events; and monitor local news for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow the instructions of local authorities.

As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.  The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical, to include the potential for kidnapping and life-threatening attacks. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.

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