Afghanistan: Riding Highway One

1. The thin strip of tarmac winds its way through small villages and across desert and mountain passes

2. It is the most dangerous road in Afghanistan

3. It is pock marked with IED craters, littered with burnt out tankers and trucks

4. In order to avoid being hit by either IED’s or caught in an ambush the NDS (National Directorate of Security) Special Forces soldiers drive at high speed in heavily armed pick up trucks

5. They are constantly on the look out for attackers as they weave between the lines of trucks as well as normal cars and even families

6. Scorched patches of asphalt show where other lorries had been incinerated

7. Opened to great fanfare in 2003, the road was hailed as a key element in rebuilding the economic infrastructure of the war-shattered nation

8. But today its once-pristine asphalt has become as scarred as the country’s hopes for peace – a bomb-cratered, 300-mile long shooting

9. No proper figures for casualties are available, but the best estimate from police officials is that several dozen people have been killed

10. The route is busiest on convoy day when fuel trucks and supply vehicle transit the route, often protected by armed security contractors

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Afghanistan: Riding Highway One

1. The thin strip of tarmac winds its way through small villages and across desert and mountain passes

2. It is the most dangerous road in Afghanistan

3. It is pock marked with IED craters, littered with burnt out tankers and trucks

4. In order to avoid being hit by either IED’s or caught in an ambush the NDS (National Directorate of Security) Special Forces soldiers drive at high speed in heavily armed pick up trucks

5. They are constantly on the look out for attackers as they weave between the lines of trucks as well as normal cars and even families

6. Scorched patches of asphalt show where other lorries had been incinerated

7. Opened to great fanfare in 2003, the road was hailed as a key element in rebuilding the economic infrastructure of the war-shattered nation

8. But today its once-pristine asphalt has become as scarred as the country’s hopes for peace – a bomb-cratered, 300-mile long shooting

9. No proper figures for casualties are available, but the best estimate from police officials is that several dozen people have been killed

10. The route is busiest on convoy day when fuel trucks and supply vehicle transit the route, often protected by armed security contractors

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