On Monday, the US Embassy in Kabul issued a warning regarding the ongoing attempts to conduct attacks against Americans and other foreign nationals. There are concerns militant and/or criminal groups could target festive activities, as ‘the upcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for insurgents to target the international community or institutions where U.S. citizens and foreign nationals gather.’
The security situation in Afghanistan is very problematic, as the Taliban continues to launch successful attacks against state forces, and law and order starts to unravel in an increasing number of provinces. Last week a senior US military official said that ‘the high casualty rate of Afghan security forces would not be sustainable even with the stalemate in the fight against Taliban militants.’
As of early December 2018, there are reports that militants plan to conduct attacks using suicide bombings and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) against hotels, compounds, international organizations, universities, airports, and other locations frequented by U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals. There are also current, credible kidnapping and assassination plans by criminal and insurgent groups that are targeting Americans in Kabul.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that, within the past month, insurgents staged a complex attack against Camp Anjuman, which housed foreign nationals. Additionally, over the past five years, insurgents have targeted places including the Park Star, Green Village, Baron Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, Serena, Safi Landmark, and Kabul Star. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the upcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for insurgents to target the international community or institutions where U.S. citizens and foreign nationals gather.
While the Embassy takes reports of venues where foreigners congregate being targeted seriously, it is not currently modifying its security procedures.
Actions to Take:
- Consult with security providers at your location.
- Review your personal security plans and carry a fully charged communication device.
- Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.
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