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Afghanistan: Road Dangers and the Rising Threat of Renewed Ethnic Violence

The reputation of Afghanistan's Bamyan Province as one of the safest places in Afghanistan has been dented over the past year by several bursts of Taliban-inspired violence. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Matlock/US Navy)

Bamyan Province is still a pocket of relative tranquility in Afghanistan. But things get dangerous for locals when they have to travel. All roads into and out of the province must run a Taliban gauntlet.

Bamyan’s reputation as one of the safest places in Afghanistan has been dented over the past year by several bursts of Taliban-inspired violence, including the August deaths of three New Zealander soldiers in a roadside bombing. Even so, many provincial residents insist that Bamyan center, along with the nearby districts of Yakawlang, Panjao, and Waras, as well as the neighboring province, Daikundi, remain almost completely insurgency free. Residents also state that the recent acts of violence in northern districts, including Kahmard, Sayghan and Shibar, are restricted to certain valleys and villages that have always been troublesome.

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Afghanistan: Road Dangers and the Rising Threat of Renewed Ethnic Violence

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