Embassy in Kabul warns of increase in violence as US troops continue to withdraw

KABUL: The US embassy in Kabul on Saturday warned American citizens to be vigilant at places where people generally congregate noting the fact that violence has increased in Afghanistan following the Eid holiday.

Notably, the situation in the country is tense since US President Joe Biden announced that American troops will pull out from the country by September 11. This has made the Taliban intensify attacks on provincial capitals, districts, bases, and checkpoints since the international troops began to withdraw.

The Department had also advised US citizens not to travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict and the coronavirus, adding that American nationals already in the country should consider departing.

Last month,  as per reports, the US State Department ordered some of its employees whose functions can be performed elsewhere to depart from the American embassy in Kabul.

Ross Wilson, the acting US Ambassador to Afghanistan, said that the decision was made "in light of increasing violence and threat reports in Kabul".

Afghanistan is in a state of uncertainty after US President Joe Biden announced that American troops will pull out from the country by September 11.

Currently, both the Taliban and the Afghan government have announced that they would observe a three-day ceasefire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that started on Thursday, but the violence continues.

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