It's just a narrow, two-lane ribbon of blacktop, but the so-called "Highway 1" or the "Ring Road" that encircles the Afghan capital provides an essential link between Kabul and Kandahar, the country’s second most important city; a thoroughfare for which the U.S. goverment has paid $230 million to pave, dedicated troops to protect, and which insurgents keep blowing, according to The Washington Post.
As the U.S. and coalition forces begin to draw down combat troops, soldiers are finding it more challenging to prioritize locations that will get attention and presence of the forces in the war-torn country still struggling after a decade of fighting for safety and security, the Post reports.
U.S. commanders have been relying on and pressing Afghan security forces to shift more Afgahn troops from calmer areas to the north of the capital to stretches of the highway constantly under attack, the Post reported. So far it has not happened, the Post reports in an article about the struggle to secure a major Afghan highway.
Source: The Washington Post