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Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

Um, yes, it's an active war zone. There are periodic duck and covers and one needs to take security seriously here. It's a good idea to be cognizant of where bunkers are located and to ensure you have relevant phone numbers and your embassy-provided Blackberry on you at all times. If you have anxiety, this is NOT the post for you. - Jun 18, 2014
The embassies sit in a green zone that is well-protected but not perfect. The insurgents would love to get through. There are attacks with regularity, but mostly directed at Afghan Gov't institutions. You will hear them and there will be duck-and-cover alarms. For me, the scariest part is the airport run. It's a non-varying schedule so I'm amazed that a car bomb hasn't hit anyone yet. - Jul 12, 2013
Yes. This is an extremely dangerous city. Most people tend to discount the insurgent threat in Kabul, but it really is bad. Westerners are targeted for kidnapping for ransom. - Mar 30, 2013
umm....yes....we are living in a warzone. - Dec 27, 2010
Um, yes. All of them. Depending on your organization, you can be confined to your compound all the time or be allowed to walk around and take taxis - it really depends. Embassy folks can only leave for meetings, and only in an armored GSO vehicle. A lot of people have security details. - Aug 2, 2010
You could be blown up or rocketed at any time. It's a war zone. - Jul 10, 2010
There are major security concerns. You are confined to the embassy the majority of the time because you never know when a vbied, bbied or IDF will strike next. There was a major bombing at ISAF, next to the embassy, about a month ago. - Sep 7, 2009
Everyone has a gun, vehicle and suicide bombs are increasing over the last few months. - Mar 19, 2008