Saturday, January 16, 2010

Taliban stalls project

The Taliban is not just fighting NATO troops for control of Afghanistan. It is disrupting the country's development by preventing the delivery of services to its citizens.

Here's one example:

A turbine designed for a hydroelectric project in Helmand province (Taliban territory) intended to supply electricity for southern Afghanistan may never be installed. In August, 2008, the turbine (220 tonnes) was dragged by 2,000 British troops on a five-day convoy through enemy territory. The project has been put on hold, however, since the huge amounts of cement required to install the equipment cannot be delivered safely. NATO has been unable to secure 30 miles of road against Taliban attack for the length of time needed to move the cement.

The parts have been inventoried and stored away until a better time.

Kajaki Dam


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