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Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby disparate » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:34 am

Hey folks!

I've been dreaming of travelling to Central Asia for three years now, and I'm finally doing it, I fly to Bishkek on Sunday.

Afghanistan has been an object of my curiosity for a long time, I'm super interested in its history, culture, natural beauty, etc.

Does anyone have any recent experiences within the country? Or has perhaps met someone while in Central Asia who has been? I'm hoping to grab the visa while in Khorog, and then cross into Uzbekistan, heading immediately to the Termez border crossing (originally was gonna cross from Tajikistan but based on news headings Qunduz is an absolute no-go).

From Termez get a bus to Mazar-e Sharif, hang out for a bit, fly to Kabul (trying to organize a CouchSurf here), and maybe do the Bamyan province. Maybe fly to Herat, and from Herat back to Mazar and into Uzbekistan again. So the only portion of overland travel would be to and from the Uzbek border and Mazar, and from Kabul to the Bamyan province if it seems safe enough.

I am aware there are guides and bodyguards you can hire but I would like to do the trip as independently as possibly, a sullen man with an AK in tow isn't exactly ideal.
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Re: Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby SPR11 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:44 pm

From the border to Mazar you have to take a taxi. Driving anywhere else in Afghanistan is not recommended. Illegal checkpoints are popping up and the situation is getting more unstable. I might have some more info on driving to Bamyan soon, but from what I hear now it's not a good idea.

Kunduz is definitely a no go area, but the cities of Mazar, Herat, Bamyan and Kabul are regarded "safe".

I'm personally of the opinion that walking around with security in tow makes you more of a target. Security personnel is a prime target.

I'll let you know if I get more info.
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Re: Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby adi » Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:38 pm

Although my trip -- 1 week in Masar and Kunduz is now 2 years past-- I'd like to chip in here. I did not spot a single foreigner -- my impression of Masar was that it's perfectly safe during daylight. Noticeable was that people looked a lot at my shoes, I suspect army boots would have given the wrong impression (as would be looking/acting American, but then nobody in the world likes loudmouths).

In Kunduz, exactly two weeks after the German combat troops had been withdrawn) I missed the attack on the high court (Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta3XWk0zBu0) with 10 injured and 7 killed by 2 hours, having driven past it less than 2 hours before. Funny thing abut it: I was at that time in the bazar about 300 metres as the crow flies and there was absolutely no indication what was happening. No gunfire heard above the din, no police/army or ambulances .... I only heard about it the next day when I was approached in the street by some security guy who thought I was mad running around in public.

I think in these parts it's simply a matter of how you approach people -- dressed decently, clean and act dumb ...

Regarding Kunduz and last October's hype that it was “taken by Taliban“ I must say that looking at the pertinent youtube videos (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrzuZOnF_ZA) this wa exaggerated Western propaganda. Quite obviously the “bad guys” marched into the main square fired a few shots but certainly did not “take the town .” Knowing the location it seems that most of these vids were shot from the rooftop of the only hotel left "Haji Torabaz Khan Guest House" (2000 Afg), It's obvious that no government building was taken.

To be honest in such a situation in Afghanistan as a white man I'd be most afraid in the hospital -- not because some bearded blokes get patched up with me, but because the Yanks are sure to bomb me to death for „humanitarian reasons” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yYHCPJOtLc and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunduz_hospital_airstrike). In other wars such acts are considered war crimes -- something our American friends beg to differ about (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36174047). “Might makes right, I suppose”

Anyway getting back to the question: I found travelling alone -- without guards or hired cars - perfectly safe, but certainly not a relaxing destination. Getting a visa in Bishkek was a breeze -- just dress up when you apply and politely ask if they speak English. But by the time you read this you'll be back anyway.

PS: If you read German you might be interested in my report written immediately afterwards: http://reise.zenwort.de/stan/s_htm/05_Afghanistan.html

Footnote: the only other place in Kunduz to stay the “Ariana Hotel & Wedding Hall“ (US$ 20) is an absolute dump. Both places are hugely overprized -- the grew fat on 10 years of all-expenses-paid NGO workers etc.
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Re: Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby Solsticio » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:06 am

SPR11 wrote:From the border to Mazar you have to take a taxi. Driving anywhere else in Afghanistan is not recommended. Illegal checkpoints are popping up and the situation is getting more unstable. I might have some more info on driving to Bamyan soon, but from what I hear now it's not a good idea.

Kunduz is definitely a no go area, but the cities of Mazar, Herat, Bamyan and Kabul are regarded "safe".

I'm personally of the opinion that walking around with security in tow makes you more of a target. Security personnel is a prime target.

I'll let you know if I get more info.


How was the drive to/from Bamyan? Or didn't you go after all?
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Re: Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby SPR11 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:38 am

Solsticio wrote:
SPR11 wrote:From the border to Mazar you have to take a taxi. Driving anywhere else in Afghanistan is not recommended. Illegal checkpoints are popping up and the situation is getting more unstable. I might have some more info on driving to Bamyan soon, but from what I hear now it's not a good idea.

Kunduz is definitely a no go area, but the cities of Mazar, Herat, Bamyan and Kabul are regarded "safe".

I'm personally of the opinion that walking around with security in tow makes you more of a target. Security personnel is a prime target.

I'll let you know if I get more info.


How was the drive to/from Bamyan? Or didn't you go after all?


We flew there. It's theoretically possible to drive, but we were were advised against it for safety reasons.
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Re: Latest situation in Afghanistan?

Postby Solsticio » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:13 am

Yes, my contacts in Bamiyan and Kabul told me the same. It's a shame, but not worth taking the risk, I guess..
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