Baztab News

Ambassador Bass Bids Farewell to Afghanistan

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

It is time for Holly and I to leave Afghanistan.  We will cherish our memories of the Eid holiday in 2018 when peace fell over the whole country and Afghans saw it was possible for both sides to stop the violence.  My earnest hope is for leaders and citizens across this country to find strength ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

19 Dec 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

As the year-end holidays approach, the Embassy warns U.S. citizens that the risk of terrorist attacks remains high. Terrorist groups continue to seek western targets, including places where foreign nationals live, work, gather, and the routes connecting those places. We encourage you to carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those necessary. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Bass Marking International Anti-Corruption Day

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

President Ghani, Vice President Danesh, Chief Justice Halim, Speakers of Parliament, Ministers, Colleagues: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the United States government at this important event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and Afghanistan’s efforts to tackle corruption. I have been the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan for just over 2 years now.  During that ... Read More»

Ambassadors’ Op-Ed: Fight Corruption, Increase Rule of Law

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

International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on December 9th. This began with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2003, which Afghanistan ratified in 2008. We, the Ambassadorial Anti-Corruption Group*, call on the Government of Afghanistan and its people to join forces to combat and prevent corruption. Afghanistan remains among the ... Read More»

Statement from the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) regarding allegations of sexual abuse of boys in Logar province

03 Dec 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Statement from the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) regarding allegations of sexual abuse of boys in Logar province and subsequent actions against human rights defenders We, the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, are extremely concerned about the allegations of sexual abuse of a large number of ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Release of Two Hostages from the Taliban

27 Nov 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. King, an American, and Weeks, an Australian, were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered today and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the ... Read More»

U.S. Treasury Designates Supreme Leader of Iran’s Inner Circle Responsible for Advancing Regime’s Domestic and Foreign Oppression

05 Nov 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Action coincides with 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals who are appointees of, or have acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader ... Read More»

Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Afghanistan

02 Nov 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul from October 26 to October 28 and from October 29 to November 1.  The Special Representative met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other government officials.  The Special Representative briefed the government on his recent consultations with allies, partners, and other countries in the ... Read More»

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Travels to Qatar and Afghanistan

21 Aug 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will depart on travel to Qatar and Afghanistan on August 20. In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will resume talks with the Taliban as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan. In Kabul, he will consult with the leadership of ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Afghans

20 Aug 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees. This brings the total U.S. funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response to nearly $190 million, including for ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

00 0000  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The Embassy has learned that terrorist groups and individuals are seeking to increase attacks on Americans and others living or working in Kabul’s International Zone. We encourage you to consider carefully all potential travel and limit trips only to those necessary. We expect terrorists will continue to target political rallies, speeches, and ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

03 Jul 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

(as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Ministers Ambassadors, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of our birth as an independent country. Big thanks to our sponsors for their support for today’s event. And our thanks to the fantastic musicians of “Barbud”. ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Attack in Kabul

02 Jul 2019  U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s heinous terrorist attack, claimed by the Taliban, in which Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed and severely wounded. The attack involved a vehicle bombing and gun assault on an Afghan defense facility, also damaging nearby civic and cultural centers and a primary school, injuring dozens ... Read More»