Friday, January 24, 2014

"Death Road" of Afghanistan

The road from Maidan Shahr (the provincial capital of Wardak) to the Hazarajat (the informal name of the Afghan region of Afghanistan where the Hazaras have traditionally lived) is referred to as the Death Road. The road is only an 18-mile stretch running east-west however the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have never gotten control of it. Although the ANSF have a number of checkpoints along the road they are relatively ineffective in reducing Taliban attacks on unarmed civilians who travel on the road (checkpoints don't really work that well). Read more in "Death Road blocks Afghan minority from homeland", FOX News, January 22, 2014.

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