Taliban militants killed at least 12 soldiers and police officers in Badghis province on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, during security operations aiming to regain territory lost to the militant group. Similar clashes between government security forces and Taliban militants are to be expected in Afghanistan over the near term.
Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. The assaults are in part intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage in the ongoing peace negotiations. The Taliban concluded peace negotiations with US diplomats on March 12. The US stated that progress was made but no agreement was in place.
Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home governments.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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