The U.S. State Department has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in the country of Afghanistan. This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…
Government Warning Issued for Afghanistan
Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
07/04/2014 (Afghanistan) – On Thursday, 3 July, two rockets struck the military section of the Kabul International Airport (KBL). There were no confirmed reports of casualties or disruptions to civilian flight operations. However, three military helicopters, including one that was often used by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, were destroyed. Purported Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack was said to be the most serious against aircraft since the Taliban raided Camp Bastion base in southern Helmand province in September 2012 and destroyed eight planes belonging to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). It also highlighted the resiliency and capability of the Taliban as the airport is considered to be one of the most heavily-guarded areas in Kabul.
The aforementioned incident was also the second attack reported in the capital over the past two days. On Wednesday, 2 July, a suicide bomber targeted an Afghan Air Force bus, killing eight people and injuring 16 others. There are concerns that more attacks are forthcoming as part of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive codenamed “Khyber”.
Clients and travellers in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan should have the strictest possible risk management procedures in place at all times. Movement outside of secured compounds should be undertaken on a mission-critical basis only and with a security detail. Situation reports should be reviewed frequently, and security plans adjusted accordingly. Staff should also consider undergoing hostile environment awareness training pre-deployment with a localised risk assessment to identify the most likely threat scenarios that may impact safety and security. When in country, staff should be provided with a more nuanced local threat assessment by their host and security provider, and measures to follow to minimise exposure to identifiable risks and threats.
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