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Afghanistan

In a report earlier today, The U. S. Department of State continues a strong urging of United States citizens to NOT travel to Afghanistan. Security threats remains exceedingly high. According to the State Department “Afghanistan remains critical.”

The previous Afghanistan Travel Warning released on August 13, 2010 recommended U.S. citizens be very cautious, due to increased security problems, including kidnapping and insurgent attacks.

At this time, no area of Afghanistan is safe from violence, kidnapping and wars against the United States or other Western nationals. According to the State Department, “Remnants of the former Taliban regime and the al-Qa’ida terrorist network, as well as other groups hostile to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military operations, remain active.”

 

The continuous threat to kidnap and or kill United States citizens and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) workers has intensified throughout Afghanistan. Afghan authorities are limited in their ability to protect Afghanistan citizens and foreign visitors. Their ability to maintain order is also an issue.

 

Last year’s August assassination of six U.S. citizens, along with a group of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel not far from their vehicles in Badakhshan providence, is a stark reminder of the country’s violence. Those killed were concluding a medical aid visit to the remote areas in nearby Nuristan province.

 

Today, Kandahar remains one of the deadliest areas for government officials, government colleagues, associates and those with notoriety who are linked to the government. The State Department said that “drug related and insurgent attacks” have increased throughout the south and southeastern areas of the country and will continue.

 

Kabul, another “high risk” area, is more recognized for its militant and rocket attacks, vehicle IEDs, and suicide bombings. In October 2009, five United Nations workers were killed there, during an attack on a United Nations guesthouse.

 

Within the past year, over 20 attacks have occurred in Kabul. Multiple others are believed to be directly linked to Afghan and coalition forces. A very recent attack included the bombing of an extremely popular Kabul supermarket, as well an attack on the Kabul City Center complex, which included a hotel frequented by foreign visitors.

 

Travel throughout the country of Afghanistan is NOT recommended at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer. In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials. Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat. Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republicanand The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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