Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge

An Afghan Border Police officer standing on the Afghan side of the Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge.

The Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge is a road and rail bridge across the river Amu Darya, connecting the town of Hairatan in the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan with Termez in the Surxondaryo Region of Uzbekistan.[1] The bridge was built by the Soviet Union and opened in 1982[2] to supply its troops in Afghanistan.

OverviewEdit

It is the only fixed link across the Uzbek–Afghan border, located some 75 km north of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The nearest other bridge across the Amu Darya is some 120 kilometers (74.5 mi) to the west, a pipeline bridge crossing the Turkmen–Afghan border from/to the Lebap Region.

The bridge was closed in May 1997 when Taliban forces attacked the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, and Uzbekistan feared a spreading of the disturbances to their own country. It reopened on December 9, 2001.[3] Work began in January 2010 to extend the railway to Mazar-i-Sharif,[4] which was completed in November of the same year.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hairatan and the Friendship Bridge".
  2. ^ "USSR-Afghan link". Modern Railways. August 1982. p. 342.
  3. ^ "Breakthrough in Afghan aid effort". BBC News. 2001-12-09.
  4. ^ "Construction of Afghan railway launched". Railway Gazette International. 2010-01-27. Archived from the original on 2010-03-03.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°13′40″N 67°25′42″E / 37.2278°N 67.4282°E / 37.2278; 67.4282