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Warning Message from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul

What Americans who have registered with the embassy regularly receive

Wednesday 18 June 2008, by Robert Maier

We thought you might be interested in seeing this Warden’s message which warns of vague imminent threats to the safety of US citizens living in Afghanistan. Most American embassy workers are forbidden to leave the fortress-like embassy grounds at any time, so how they understand anything about Afghanistan is a good question. Such warning letters could be sent to residents of any large American city, based on everyday crime statistics in the U.S.

They are generally e-mailed several times a month to Americans who have registered with the embassy, which can certainly put a damper on things— if anyone actually believed them.

Credible Threat of Attacks Against Afghan Government and Coalition Personnel in the Greater Kabul Area

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform American citizens in Afghanistan that the Embassy continues to receive credible threat information regarding the intention of insurgents to conduct terrorist activities targeting both Afghan officials and coalition personnel in the greater Kabul area. The possibility of loss of life or injury remains significant. The Embassy is working closely with GOA officials to counter these threats. Travel of Embassy personnel in the greater Kabul area remains restricted.

The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages all personnel to remain vigilant and to closely evaluate their personal security posture, practices and predictability, to include varying times, routes and venues whenever possible. Americans who find themselves in cases of extreme emergency in Afghanistan may contact the Embassy receptionist via 0700-10-8001 or the Consular Section via mobile at 0700-20-1908.

We take this opportunity to remind the community to review their safety precautions. Updated information may be obtained by contacting the American Embassy in Kabul at usconsulkabul state.gov or by calling the Consular Section at 0700-10-8380.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html, the Travel Warning and Consular Information Sheet for Afghanistan can be found.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Thanks,
Consular Section
US Embassy, Kabul

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  • Standard warning the yanks (Americans) issue to their people on a regular basis. Given that they would make a lovely target to the "Enemies of the Government" you can understand their concern.

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