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AFGHANISTAN: Without a road, there is no road to victory

March 1, 2009 |  5:06 pm


It's been a military truism since the days of Sun Tzu or even earlier: Before you can win a war, you've got to get your stuff to the war.

As the U.S. ramps up its effort in Afghanistan to both confront the Taliban and win the hearts and minds of Afghans, transportation and resupplying troops are a major problem.

Take this winding and treacherous road in eastern Afghanistan that connects Khowst and Paktia provinces.

When the snow melts, the U.S. Agency for International Development plans a $100-million, 62-mile road improvement, one of several such projects.

-- Tony Perry

Photo: A road in eastern Afghanistan. Credit: Fred W. Baker II / American Forces Press Service