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Attacks Slowing Key Afghan Road

Deadly Nighttime Assault at Police Post Seen as Evidence of Resurgent Taliban. Even on a good day, progress along the 300-mile highway between Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan’s two major cities, is painfully slow. In a few spots, massive machines inch along under the hot sun, laying a coat of asphalt that extends perhaps 100 yards by dusk. Ahead wait endless stretches of rutted, sandy track, passing through parched lands of grazing sheep and camels. But on a bad day, it seems that forces more nefarious than equipment breakdowns, shipping delays or hot weather are determined to sabotage the U.S.-funded project to rebuild Afghanistan’s most important road, the centerpiece of national reconstruction and reunification efforts. Just before midnight last Sunday, a gang of armed men on motorbikes attacked a police checkpoint near a camp for Indian and Afghan highway workers in this remote district of Zabol province. Six of the sleeping guards were killed, several others were kidnapped and two vehicles were incinerated by rockets and gunfire. Full Story

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