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Afghanistan's Only Bar Closes After Terrorist Threat

Barely a month after opening its doors, Afghanistan’s only bar has shut down following warnings it could have been the target of a terrorist attack. The Irish Club opened in the capital, Kabul, on St. Patrick’s Day, and quickly became a popular hangout for foreigners in this conservative Islamic city, where alcohol consumption is widely frowned upon — and banned among the Afghan population. The bar closed on Thursday. “We had a security warning for all places where foreigners gather, so we closed temporarily,” David Porter, a British partner in the club, said Saturday. “We have to take people’s safety into consideration.” Porter said he hoped the establishment would reopen next week — but its business prospects may be dimmer: The U.N. has banned its staff from going to the bar for security reasons, and many expatriates, including aid workers and diplomats, have been issued similar warnings. Full Story

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