Afghanistan dangerous

This item appears on page 17 of the September 2009 issue.

The Department of State warns that travel in all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe due to military operations, land mines, banditry, armed rivalry among political and tribal groups, and the possibility of terrorist attacks. The number of attacks in the south remains high due to insurgent and drug-related activity.

In February 2009 insurgents launched an attack on government buildings in Kabul. Between October 2008 and April 2009, several American citizens were kidnapped.