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Dangerous Afghan highway threatens NATO supply flow
Dangerous Afghan highway threatens NATO supply flow
By Saeed Shah
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: June 29, 2010

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan Under relentless siege by Taliban insurgents, the crucial road that links the countrys most important cities, Kabul and Kandahar, has become one of the most dangerous highways in Afghanistan if not on the planet over the past year.

Insurgents have blown up a dozen bridges, six causeways and 85 culverts, according to U.S. officials. There were nearly 300 attacks on the road in a recent five-week period, mostly on armed convoys that were carrying goods for NATO forces. The Taliban have set up checkpoints to demonstrate their control of the highway.

Allah Dad, a 52-year-old native of Herat, was driving a truck last week that hauled a huge liquefied-gas tank and he was starting to overtake a NATO convoy in Ghazni province, about a third of the way from Kandahar to Kabul, when an ambush erupted as he entered a village.

"I jumped out of the truck the engine was still running and hid under a bridge," he said. "I feared that if the tanker was hit by a rocket, the whole area would be obliterated."

In fact, several rockets flew over his truck, said Dad, whos been a driver for 33 years. He pointed out marks on the vehicle from bullets that had struck the door in several places, cut through external electrical cables, punched a hole in his reserve fuel canister and bounced off the tank, which holds the several tons of liquefied gas at high pressure. Picking a crushed bullet out of the door frame, Dad said the shooting had lasted about an hour and a half.

unhappycamper comment: Guess who spent $1 billion dollars to rebuild that road?
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