On Wednesday, September 18, the US Embassy in Kabul issued a security alert advising its citizens to "consider carefully all potential travel" due to information indicating that terrorist groups are seeking to "increase attacks on Americans and others living or working in Kabul's International Zone." Additionally, the alert states that there is an increased risk of attacks targeting political rallies, speeches, and events associated with upcoming presidential elections on September 28.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Kabul over the coming weeks.
Due to the threat of terrorism throughout the country, individuals are advised to maintain a high degree of vigilance, to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities, and to be particularly cautious when visiting sites deemed likely to be targeted in an attack (e.g. transportation hubs, government buildings, embassies or consulates, energy and military facilities, critical infrastructure, religious sites, markets, locations frequented by foreigners/Westerners, etc.).
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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