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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

If You Must Go, a Tank Is Best for Sightseeing

November 24, 2001|From Times Wire Services

Possibly for the benefit of adventurers out of touch with the news, the U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to Afghanistan because of war, banditry, political instability and an acute food shortage.

"The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan," it said in a warning of the kind routinely issued for trouble spots abroad.

"Travel in all areas of Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul and all major cities, is unsafe due to military operations, banditry and the possibility of unrest given the fluid political and military situation," it added.

It noted that foreign journalists have been ambushed and killed and that an estimated 6 million uncleared land mines pose a danger in the countryside.

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