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Comments by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson

1 Day  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The following is attributable to U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib March 14 to reject the public comments attributed to National Security Advisor Mohib criticizing the U.S. approach to reconciliation.  Under Secretary Hale underscored the longstanding U.S. assistance and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kabul Celebrates International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador Bass hosted the “Generations of Change” luncheon focused on facilitating mentoring relationships between different generations of female Afghan leaders. At the event, Ambassador Bass celebrated the central role women play in improving their communities and in bettering the lives of all Afghans.  He ... Read More»

United States Assistance to Flood Affected Afghans

06 Mar 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

In response to severe flooding affecting nine provinces in Afghanistan, the United States through USAID is working with partners to provide life-saving aid to people affected by the flooding.  This critical assistance will provide emergency shelter, hygiene kits, food, and high energy biscuits that serve as temporary meal replacements. The United States is the largest ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 18, 2019)

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Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of mid-March 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received increased reports regarding possible attacks coinciding with the Afghan New Year holiday that will be observed on March 21. Militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities.  Additionally, insurgents ... Read More»

Statement from U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Passing of Former Interim President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi

24 Feb 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I extend our sincere condolences to the Afghan people and to the family of former interim President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi.  Through his long career in public service and education, President Mojaddedi was a staunch advocate for Afghanistan.  From serving as chairman of the Loya Jirga in 2003 and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

24 Feb 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of late January 2019, militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including universities and Afghan, U.S., and other government offices and facilities. Additionally, over the past five years, insurgents have targeted places including the American University of Afghanistan, multiple schools, the Green Village, multiple hotels, and ... Read More»

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Jan 23, 2019 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert

24 Feb 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert January 23, 2019 Location: Approximately one mile south of Pul-e-Mahmood Khan Circle in Kabul City. Event: An ongoing demonstration is taking place in Kabul City approximately one mile south of Pul-e Mahmood Khan Circle.  The protestors are demonstrating against rent increases.  Afghan National Security Forces are providing ... Read More»

United States Condemns Maidan Wardak Attack

24 Feb 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States strongly condemns the attack on an NDS training facility in Maidan Wardak.  This attack was an attack against Afghanistan’s defenders.  In the face of such cowardly acts, the United States stands with the people of Afghanistan, who seek a peaceful future and an end to violence.  We honor the sacrifices of the ... Read More»

Visit by Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul, January 15, 2019

15 Jan 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Statement of the United States Embassy in Kabul on the Visit of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad – January 15, 2019 Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul today for meetings with President Ghani, CEO Abdullah, and political leaders to discuss the next steps in U.S. efforts to support ... Read More»

United States Condemns Kabul Attack

15 Jan 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States strongly condemns the attack on a residential compound in PD9 last night that killed and injured innocent Afghan and international civilians, including children. In the face of these cowardly acts, the United States stands with the people of Afghanistan who seek a peaceful future and an end to conflict and violence. We ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Comment on Elections Reform

11 Jan 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The decision to delay presidential elections was made by the IEC in order to address administrative and technical deficiencies that were apparent in the parliamentary elections in the fall.  We join with the many Afghans and others in the international community who believe that serious elections reform is necessary.  It is up to the Afghans ... Read More»

Condemnation of the Attack in Kabul

26 Dec 2018  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the December 24 attack on a government building in PD16.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims and honor the brave first responders who risked their own lives to help the injured.  The United States stands with the government ... Read More»

Arrival of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Kabul

20 Dec 2018  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Arrival of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Kabul, December 19, 2018 Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived today in Kabul to update President Ghani and CEO Abdullah on is engagements with regional partners and other interested parties to reach a negotiated settelemnt to the conflict in Afghanistan. Special Representative Khalilzad arrives ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan

09 Dec 2018  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

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 ... Read More»

Condemnation of the Bombing in Kabul

21 Nov 2018  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 20, 2018 Condemnation of the Bombing in Kabul The United States strongly condemns the attack in Kabul today at a religious gathering that killed at least 40 and wounded over 60 civilians.  We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  This shameless act comes as ... Read More»

Special Representative Khalilzad Visits Kabul December 6

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on December 6 and met with President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah. The discussion centered on his regional engagement and Afghan preparations for negotiations to reach a political settlement to the conflict.  Following the meeting, Special Representative Khalilzad departed Afghanistan for Moscow for discussions on ... Read More»

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Visits Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Visits Kabul

13 Nov 2018  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Statement from the U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan The Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Kabul November 10-12.  During the visit, Special Representative Khalilzad met with a number of stakeholders in Afghanistan, both in and outside of government.  He met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other government officials, as well as ... Read More»