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Rewards for Justice – Increased Reward Offer for Information on ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla

23 Hour  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is increasing its reward – now up to $10 million — for information leading to the identification or location of ISIS’s new leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahma al-Mawla. This represents a doubling of the previous reward offer of up to $5 million announced in August 2019. ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

17 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warns U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Afghanistan, including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers, including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, and government employees. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy

15 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance. Democracies are accountable to their citizens. They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, and ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban

12 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar, on the historic occasion of the start of peace negotiations. Secretary Pompeo ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Atmar

12 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Atmar  The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, and acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar, and members of the inclusive national ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Doha, Qatar

11 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Qatar to attend the opening ceremony of Afghanistan peace negotiations on September 12. The start of these negotiations follows intense diplomatic efforts, including the U.S.-Taliban Agreement and the U.S.-Afghanistan Joint Declaration, which were agreed to in February. Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individual to a Key Administration Post

11 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration: William Ruger, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. William Ruger serves as Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles ... Read More»

Welcoming the Launch of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

11 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States welcomes the announcement that Afghanistan peace negotiations will begin on September 12th.  The start of these talks marks a historic opportunity for Afghanistan to bring an end to four decades of war and bloodshed.  The people of Afghanistan have carried the burden of war for too ... Read More»

Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Qatar

06 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Doha, Qatar on September 4.  He will be traveling in the region to advance ongoing U.S. efforts to promote the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations (IAN). The Afghan people are ready for a sustainable reduction in violence and a political settlement that will end the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

03 Sep 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Location:  Throughout Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day will occur on September 8, 2020.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, groups of vehicles travel across Kabul City discharging small arms fire ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

28 Aug 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The Ashura religious holiday will occur on August 29, 2020.  Expect celebrations and rituals to begin on the afternoon of August 29, 2019 and last throughout August 30.  Attacks directed against the Shia community, primarily at mosques, religious shrines, and large gatherings have occurred in the past. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations ... Read More»

Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Kidnapping of Mark Randall Frerichs and Paul Edwin Overby, Jr.

27 Aug 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE Aug 26, 2020 Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Kidnapping of Mark Randall Frerichs and Paul Edwin Overby, Jr. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, through its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

22 Aug 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Limited Emergency Passport Services

13 Aug 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

While additional overseas passport options now exist, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to operate at emergency staffing levels, and the current medical and security isolation protocols in place prevent visitors from entering the Embassy compound.  Consular services remain limited to emergency passport applications only. If your current U.S. passport has sufficient validity to depart ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan

07 Aug 2020  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States commends the participants of the Loya Jirga to be convened on August 7 to consolidate national support for peace.  We understand that they will decide on the expeditious release of the remaining Taliban prisoners from their list, the last obstacle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.  Following the timely release of these prisoners, ... Read More»