Taliban militants killed 25 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and three police officers and wounded at least 20 others in an attack on a security checkpoint in the Telawaki area of Kunduz (Kunduz province) early (local time) on Tuesday, February 5. Similar Taliban attacks targeting security forces are possible in Kunduz province and elsewhere in Afghanistan over the near term.
Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such 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 amid ongoing peace negotiations.
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. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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