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11 Jan 2020 | 11:26 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Two US service members killed in Kandahar IED attack January 11 /update 1

Two US service members killed and another two wounded by roadside bomb in Kandahar province January 11; similar attacks possible over near term

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Event

NATO's Resolute Support Mission announced that two US service members were killed and another two wounded in an IED attack in Kandahar province on Saturday, January 11. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred in Dand district

Similar attacks are possible in the near term.

Context

Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country.

Advice

Individuals in Kandahar province are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, liaise with their security partner, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

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