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23 Dec 2019 | 05:18 AM UTC

Afghanistan: US soldier killed in Kunduz December 22

Taliban attack leaves one US soldier dead, several injured in Kunduz December 22; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

At least one US soldier have been killed and several other US and Afghan soldiers injured in the evening (local time) on Sunday, December 22, as militants reportedly ambushed their convoy in Char Dara district (Kunduz province). Details are still emerging. As of Monday, December 23, Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks are possible over 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 Kunduz 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.