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State Department renews travel warning for Afghanistan as U.S. troops prepare to pull out

Excerpt from The Washington Times

Jan 30, 2013 1:25 am

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The travel warning issued Tuesday supersedes an earlier alert released in June 2012 in anticipation of extra-adventurous tourists looking to be the first inside the country without America’s overwhelming presence.

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More than 11 years have passed since U.S. troops first entered Afghanistan, but remnants of the al Qaeda network “remain active” in the nation and no place in the country is safe for Americans, according to the latest “travel warning” issued by the State Department on Tuesday.

“The security situation remains volatile and unpredictable throughout the country,” according to the travel warning, which arrives as U.S. military forces are preparing to withdraw significant forces from Afghanistan… the travel warning contends that “Afghan authorities have a limited ability to maintain order and ensure the security of Afghan citizens and foreign visitors.”

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