WASHINGTON -- In
the wake of the recently concluded presidential elections in
Afghanistan, the State Dept. updated its existing travel warning
for the war torn country, noting upcoming presidential inauguration
events in early December may trigger additional violence.
While the department
noted that there were minimal disruptions during the elections,
which took place on Oct. 9, there have been several acts of
violence since then, such as a suicide grenade attack that killed
an American in downtown Kabul and three U.N. international staffers
who were kidnapped.
The ability of
Afghan authorities to maintain order and ensure the security of
citizens and visitors is limited, the department said. Remnants of
the former Taliban regime and the terrorist al Qaeda network, and
other groups hostile to the government, remain active.
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