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Afghanistan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 17, 2001

The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. An interim government is expected to take charge in Afghanistan until national elections can take place. Nevertheless, U.S. forces are still engaged in military action against the remnants of the former Taliban regime and the terrorist al-Qaida network. Afghan opponents of the former Taliban regime are also engaged in military operations in several parts of the country. Travel in all areas of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul and all major cities, is unsafe due to military operations, banditry, and the possibility of unrest given the fluid political and military situation. Several foreign journalists were murdered in November 2001. An estimated 5-7 million land mines are scattered throughout the countryside and pose a danger to travelers. Much of the country is also facing an acute food shortage. There is little infrastructure to provide any public services.

The United States opened a liaison office at Bebe Mahro (Airport) Road, Kabul on December 17, 2001. There is no consular officer included among the permanent staff. As a result, the office will not be able to provide consular services, even in emergencies. Emergency services to U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Afghanistan despite this Warning are severely limited and will have to be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. U.S. citizens who decide to enter Afghanistan in spite of this Warning are strongly urged to register and obtain updated security information in neighboring Pakistan at the American Embassy in Islamabad or the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar at the following addresses:

U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, Islamabad, telephone (92-51) 2080-0000, Consular Section telephone (92-51) 2080-2700, fax (92-51) 822-632

U.S. Consulate Peshawar, 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar, telephone (92-91) 279-801 through 803, fax (92-91) 276-712

This replaces the Department of State Travel Warning for Afghanistan issued November 23, 2001, to provide information about the opening of a U.S. liaison office.

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