I spent two-and-a-half years in Afghanistan and know Kabul fairly well. I’ve even spent an evening the U.S. Embassy there. And as a Member of Congress, I had the honor of traveling back to Afghanistan to visit our impeccable brave men and women deployed in the combat theater. So this latest development brings back a lot of clear memories — and concern.
Reported by our friends at Gateway Pundit, “The State Department issued a little noticed statement on Saturday warning of an “imminent complex attack” on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, telling Americans to avoid the area around the embassy.”
“As of February 2015, militants are preparing an imminent complex attack against the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul City, Afghanistan, from a location near Massoud Circle. The U.S. Embassy is taking this threat seriously and advises American citizens to avoid the area.” Massoud Circle was the location of a deadly suicide bomb attack last September claimed by the Taliban.”
Funny how this is hardly being picked up by any of the mainstream media.
Needless to say I traveled through Massoud Circle quite a few time,s as it is a well-known centerpiece of the city — and therefore a target. And the U.S. Embassy is located less than three miles away.Here’s more from the State Department warning:
“We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Afghanistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy.“U.S. citizens in Afghanistan should regularly monitor the Travel Advisories on the website of the Embassy of the United States Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information and the Travel Warning for Afghanistan are found. In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Traveler’s Checklist ” which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.”
I know, President Obama has it all under control while he’s on a golfing trip to Palm Springs, California — you know those selfie stick videos take a toll. I’m praying there will be no attacks, but as we learned in the military, you always prepare for the enemy’s worse case scenario.
Wall Street Journal reporter, Margherita Stancati, found this tweet on Sunday (Afghanistan Time): “Police in Wazir inspecting every single car headed to Massoud Circle. They seem on the lookout for a specific threat. #kabul”
Just another day in the global Islamic jihad — then again, these are just armed insurgents, not terrorists and after all, Obama declared that combat operations had ended. Unfortunately, no one on the enemy side got the email or hard copy of that policy.