The U.S. Embassy in Afhganistan on Monday issued a warning to American citizens about “credible reports of an imminent attack” on the capital city of Kabul in the next 48 hours. Monday’s travel alert comes one week after a global security alert was issued by the U.S. Department of State.
The United States Embassy alert urges Americans “to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city during this period of heightened threat.” In a statement entitled “Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens” on Monday, the Embassy said it had “received credible reports of an imminent attack” but added there were “no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method.”
The U.S. Department of State renewed a travel alert on November 19, advising American citizens not to travel to Afghanistan, citing a critical threat amidst the country’s instability. The travel warning supersedes the warning issued on May 22, 2015. U.S. State Department travel alerts for specific regions such as Monday’s to Americans in Kabul are not uncommon. A global security alert issued 3 days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday last week warning that Islamic militants are plotting attacks on “multiple regions” are much less common. International security experts warned lawmakers in September, 2014, that Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are competing against each other to be the dominant terrorist group and that rivalry could lead to an attack on U.S. soil.
In August, 2014, the highest ranking member of the United States military, Army Maj. General Harold Greene was killed in a “blue on green” insider attack in Afghanistan. On September, 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies across the country warning to be on heightened alert for lone-wolf attacks after U.S. military airstrikes against ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.