US Embassy Kabul Warns of Imminent Attack
US Embassy Kabul warns of imminent attack
The US Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan warned Americans of an “imminent attack” within the next 48 hours, according to Fox News. It issued the emergency warning early Monday, labeling the situation as a “credible” threat.
If you’re there, consider departing
The US Embassy Kabul told Americans if they were in Afghanistan, to “exercise extreme caution,” and if someone was planning to come there, to change their plans now.
“US Embassy Kabul has received credible reports of an imminent attack in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan within the next 48 hours. During this period of heightened threat, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city. There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack.
In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing. The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance. ” Embassy Statement
Fighting to get out, not to win
Since the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan is supposedly “over,” the United States has provided close air support for Afghani forces and police. Although U.S. military officials say that will not always be the case.
Taliban have taken more territory
The Taliban have increased their attacks, and taken more territory in both the south and north of the country, which simply put, means that they are trying to get the country back after several years of American influence. Weakness breeds this kind of thing. Instead of fighting to win, we fight to get out.
“Our support for the Afghan security forces is more in an extreme basis to ensure their success and not have a strategic setback.” Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr., chief of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
Looking at the Taliban territorial gains over the last year, that setback appears to have already arrived.