2019-01-18: According to reports from Friday (18 January), at least multiple security forces were killed in attacks by the Taliban in Farah Province and Faryab Province. In Farah Province an outpost was attacked. Multiple security forces were killed in the attack and several others were kidnapped. In Faryab Province a reinforcements convoy was attacked. Multiple security forces died in the attack, several others were injured and several taken hostage. In a further attack in Faryab Province a member of the security forces was killed.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Armed clashes are possible during arrests of terror suspects. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.