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Taliban fears Masud's militia will blow up a tunnel on the Salang Pass

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Taliban fears Masud's militia will blow up a tunnel on the Salang Pass

The photo shows the Afghan army before the Taliban seizure of power *



Formed by the Taliban (* a terrorist organization banned in Russia), the government announced plans to allocate funding for the development of the transport system of Afghanistan. As noted, part of the funding will go to the restoration of the tunnel damaged during the hostilities in the Salang pass in the near future. This pass is one of the key objects of the road and transport infrastructure of Afghanistan, the operation of which provides up to 6% of the country's GDP. Through Salang, cargo and passenger traffic go from the northern part of Afghanistan to the southern one and vice versa.

The Taliban * are spreading reports that the 3-kilometer tunnel sustained "certain damage" during the fighting, which "should be immediately repaired for the safe operation of the transport artery."

The tunnel, we recall, was built by Soviet specialists in the 1960s. In 1997, during the fighting between the Taliban * and the troops of Masoud Sr., the tunnel through the Salang was the last to blow up. It was reopened five years later. However, over the years of operation, it needed repairs.


The recent fighting in Salang has aggravated the technical condition of the tunnel.


Now the Salang Pass and the approaches to it are guarded by Taliban units reinforced with captured armored vehicles.

Control points have been created where documents and cargo are checked. The Taliban * fear that Massoud Jr.'s militia will dare to attack Salang and blow it up, repeating what the Northern Alliance did in 1997. To prevent an attack, the Taliban * create special barriers on the approaches to Salang and from the side of the mountain slopes. Usually these are mounds of stone, which are reinforced with metal reinforcement.
Photos used:
Twitter / Ziaullah Ahmadzai, Twitter / Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan
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  1. prior
    prior 13 September 2021 11: 39
    +6
    So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan? belay
    1. Peter is not the first
      Peter is not the first 13 September 2021 11: 48
      0
      So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan?

      Some of them are terrorists, and others are saboteurs! But who of them is who, only time and the political situation will tell.
      1. For example
        For example 13 September 2021 14: 08
        +1
        Quote: prior
        So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan?

        Who are the judges?

        For democracy, all those who are against democracy are terrorists.
    2. Lionnvrsk
      Lionnvrsk 13 September 2021 11: 58
      +11
      Quote: prior
      So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan?

      Merikan! yes
    3. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 13 September 2021 12: 12
      +1
      Quote: prior
      So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan?

      No, they are all "fighters for independence".
      1. mongol9999
        mongol9999 15 September 2021 08: 11
        +1
        More precisely, the power fighters. Whoever has power is independent. True, there is no absolutely independent government.
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 15 September 2021 11: 31
          0
          Quote: mongol9999
          More precisely, the power fighters.

          Well, "fighters" do not like to call themselves that, they need a "democratic" name.
          Let's take Poroshenko - a fighter for independence, but here's a fighter for what - Zelensky, I still don't understand.
    4. militarist63
      militarist63 14 September 2021 00: 27
      0
      Quote: prior
      So who are the terrorists, Taliban or Massoud's militias in Afghanistan?
      An interesting question! request
  2. APASUS
    APASUS 13 September 2021 11: 42
    +3
    Formed by the Taliban (* a terrorist organization banned in Russia), the government announced plans to allocate funding for the development of Afghanistan's transport system. As noted, part of the funding in the near future will go to the restoration of the tunnel damaged during the hostilities on the Salang pass.

    They just asked for money around the world and there is already a whole program to restore roads. Still, it’s very interesting, where does the money come from?
    1. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 13 September 2021 12: 11
      +6
      Quote: APASUS
      They just asked for money around the world and there is already a whole program to restore roads. Still, it’s very interesting, where does the money come from?

      China is interested.
      He already has experience of business relations with the Taliban, since their bearded fighters ensured the safety of the operation of a copper mine belonging to China back in the days of Ghani, which, like a pro-American obstacle, is now absent from the word at all and the Chinese can resolve issues with the Taliban directly.
  3. yfast
    yfast 13 September 2021 12: 12
    +2
    I wonder when everyone will be defeated, will they go to work? Such a touching concern for the country's GDP growth, which is amazing.
    1. Troll
      Troll 13 September 2021 13: 47
      +1
      And who cares about this GDP? The well-being of the family should be of concern.
  4. Troll
    Troll 13 September 2021 13: 40
    +4
    No on pass Salang tunnel. It is pierced down to below it and UNDER the pass, so as not to climb it. As well as the tunnel under the Anzob pass in Tajikistan or under the many passes in the Alps. In any case, not "On" the pass.
    ..
    Forgive my boredom
    1. knn54
      knn54 13 September 2021 14: 05
      +2
      Troll, there is a tunnel-length of about 2.5 km, plus about half a kilometer of entrance / exit galleries and more than 10 kilometers of reinforced concrete galleries protecting the road from avalanches.
      1. Troll
        Troll 13 September 2021 14: 06
        +1
        The bottom line: he is "under" and not "on". They will blow up and then you have to move to the pass.
        1. mescalero
          mescalero 13 September 2021 16: 44
          +2
          The preposition "on" has to do with location, not an excess of something. On the river, on the island, on the sea, on the pass
          As for the road, it passes through the Salang pass, respectively, is located on the pass. A pass, by definition, is a drop in the ridge. The entrance and exit to the gallery are equipped with tunnels, which protects the road from landslides, rockfalls, etc. There are no high-rise, overhanging mountains above them. And they are not "much lower than the pass." Google it, see the photo, if you haven't seen it live.