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

It is Kabul, Afghanistan. If you do not know the security concerns you haven't been reading the news. - Jul 2019


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 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 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 2013


umm....yes....we are living in a warzone. - Dec 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 2010


You could be blown up or rocketed at any time. It's a war zone. - Jul 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 2009


Everyone has a gun, vehicle and suicide bombs are increasing over the last few months. - Mar 2008


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