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The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State. It bears the core responsibility for providing a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

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Remembering the 1998 Embassy Bombings

Remembering the 1998 Embassy Bombings
It was another beautiful day in Nairobi. It is almost always a beautiful day in Nairobi, but on Friday August 7, 1998, that beauty was marred by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy Nairobi that left more than 200 dead and another 5,000 injured.

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Every Pouch has a Story
The Department of State Diplomatic Courier Service, which marks its 100th anniversary in 2018, ships tens of thousands of bags and containers, known as pouches, around the world each year (more than 116,000 separate items in 2017). Many of these pouches and diplomatic couriers have amazing tales to share.

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The Knighted Special Agents of DSS
In the Middle Ages, sovereigns knighted soldiers for accomplishments based on military rank, skill on horseback, and how nobly they served their king. During the last 100 years, sovereign governments have awarded individuals with knighthood to honor civilian and military excellence during war and, often, to honor peacetime achievements.

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U.S. Department of State Antiterrorism Assistance Program:Training and equipping partners overseas to prevent the spread of terrorism worldwide
September 27, 2017. Crisis Response Unit (CRU) 222, Afghanistan’s elite anti-terrorism police squad, received an urgent call from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) regional security officer (RSO) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul.Sullivan. 

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