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11 Feb 2020 | 08:10 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Liberation Day commemoration scheduled nationwide February 15

Liberation Day commemoration scheduled nationwide February 15; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected



Afghan Liberation Day will be held on Saturday, February 15, to commemorate the country's liberation from the Soviet Union in 1989. High profile gatherings and political speeches are expected to take place throughout the country, primarily in Kabul, and have the potential to be targeted by violent extremist groups. The vicinity of the Presidential Palace, Resolute Support Headquarters, and the United States Embassy will be particularly vulnerable, with the surrounding areas likely to have traffic restrictions enforced resulting in high density congestion.

Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected in the capital.


Afghan Liberation Day is a public holiday in Afghanistan observed on February 15, to commemorate the final withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.


Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor the situation, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities, and anticipate heightened security measures throughout the country.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

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