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Old April 19th, 2007, 05:46 AM   #1
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Securing Afghanistan's Highway 1

Romanians Securing Vital Afghan Highway
31 March 2007

HIGHWAY 1, Afghanistan (AP) - The Romanian soldier quietly makes the sign of the cross, then thrusts his rifle through the narrow slit of an armored vehicle as it rolls toward one of the most vital -- and dangerous -- highways in Afghanistan.

As night falls, machine gunners constantly rotate their turrets and searchlights on the four patrol vehicles and rake the passing countryside for possible ambush sites amid rocky outcrops, mud-brick farm houses and orchards of blossoming almond trees.

The Romanian presence, analyst say, is an example of what must be done to win the war in Afghanistan: convince NATO countries unwilling to put their soldiers in fighting situations that engaging in combat will pave the way for progress.

One of only six NATO nations willing to take on combat operations in the country, the Romanians are tasked with securing a stretch of Highway 1, the strategic and economic lifeline between the capital, Kabul, and the key southern city of Kandahar.

The Taliban were preparing to cut off the highway, isolate and then recapture their one-time stronghold of Kandahar before major NATO pushes blunted their advances late last year. Whether they can regain their momentum this spring is still uncertain.

"Cutting off Highway 1 would be a major information campaign victory for the Taliban. But it is almost impossible," says Maj. Ovidiu Liviu Uifaleanu, commander of the 500-member Romanian unit. "If they attack us, they have a problem."

Taliban insurgents, he says, now largely confine themselves to quick, shoot-and-retreat attacks against the 20 checkpoints manned by Afghan military and police in Zabul province. The Romanians bolster the Afghans with their mobility and firepower, rushing to threatened outposts and otherwise trying to reassure the local population that they can provide security.

"I feel that I am trying to swat a fly with a 40-pound hammer, and only with luck will the fly stay put," Uifaleanu says in fluent English.

"Our last unit in Zabul fell into two or three ambushes. But the Taliban learned. The machine guns we carry can demolish a mud building and anyone standing behind it," says the major, who commands the 812th Infantry Battalion. The unit, known as the "Carpathian Hawks," has seen service in Angola, Iraq and on an earlier Afghanistan tour.

The greater problem now faced by the Romanians appears to be Zabul's inadequate and poorly equipped Afghan National Police.

Normally paid just $70 a month, they haven't seen a paycheck for the past four months due to restructuring of the force. So some of the checkpoints along Zabul's 93-mile stretch of the highway are abandoned, others manned by a handful of policemen, some of whom sleep on the job.

"It's possible," says provincial police chief Gen. Abdull Ghafar, when asked if some of his men accept bribes. "If they don't get a good salary they try to get money from other sources."

Maj. Christopher Clay, who commands the U.S. Army unit in Zabul, says the Taliban and drug traffickers pay off police to pass through checkpoints. "Some attacks are staged by traffickers against police units which refuse to accept the bribes. That's how we can sometimes identify an honest ANP unit -- it's the one which gets hit," says the commander of B Company, 4th Infantry Regiment.

Clay, who serves under Uifaleanu within Task Force Zabul, gives the Romanians high marks and some of his officers say they're a more finely honed fighting force than some American units. The Hawks trained with U.S. troops in Romania and Germany before being ordered to Afghanistan three months ago.

Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, joined the United States, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands as one of the member nations willing to engage in combat. The notable "stand asides" among the 37-nation coalition are Italy, Germany, Spain, Turkey and France.

Analysts, offering recommendations on how the war in Afghanistan can be won, say that "national caveats" that prevent the "stand asides" from engaging in combat must be removed so that all NATO members can march to the same tune.

"NATO needs integrated operations with common rules of engagement," Anthony Cordesman, a terrorism expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the U.S. Congress last month. And the Brussels-based International Crisis Group think tank said in a recent report that "hard questions need to be asked of those who sometimes appear to put force protection, not mission needs, at the fore."

Uifaleanu declines to speak about decisions made in other NATO capitals, but says, "We are keeping our promises as a NATO nation and we are here based on a political decision and taking orders from our higher echelon."

From a coalition base on the edge of Zabul's capital, Qalat, Uifaleanu launches more than 50 missions a week, most centered on Highway 1. It's transformation from a potholed track to an asphalt highway, cutting travel time between Kandahar and Kabul from a full day to about five hours, is hailed as a key achievement in Afghanistan's reconstruction.

The Romanian night patrol covers nearly 60 miles, the last stop a concrete blockhouse manned by a dozen Afghan soldiers along a desolate, lonely stretch of the highway.

A half moon casts an eerie glow over an arid plain and a jagged range of hills from which the insurgents emerge to attack the outpost almost weekly.

Sgt. First Class Gabi Sasalman, a 12-year-veteran of all Romania's overseas missions, points to the distant peaks.

"It's the same danger here as we faced in Iraq," he says.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #2
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European country with most kilometers of new motorways and nationalroads?

Can you guys list me countries in chronological order which have the most kilometers of very new motorways and nationalroads, With new I also mean reconstructed, I don´t just mean newly build but with new asphalt and stuff. So which countries do have most kilometers of new roads in europe?
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Old December 15th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #3
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Define "new". 1 year old? 10 years old? 25 years old? 70 years old? Because i don't think you can make statistics on that very good...
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Old December 15th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #4
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Define "new". 1 year old? 10 years old? 25 years old? 70 years old? Because i don't think you can make statistics on that very good...
With new I mean for example 2 years old for example.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #5
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Motorway construction in the Netherlands is on a low level.

Some are being constructed or have been constructed in the last 2 years;

A4 Bergen op Zoom - Halsteren 6km (opened today)
A35 Almelo - Wierden 7km
A37 Holsloot - Zwartemeer (D) 17km
A59 Oss - Den Bosch 10km
A73 Venlo - St Joost ~15km (still partially under construction)

Though none of them are in or near the congested Randstad metropolitan area.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #6
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In Portugal Naitional Roads aren't imidiatly below motorways, in Portugal it goes like this:

Motorways
IP's
IC's
Nacional
Municipal
"Other"
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Old December 15th, 2007, 10:59 PM   #7
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Are IP and IC motorways renamed into A-numbers? Looks better to me. My Michelin atlas shows some motorways with an IP or IC number, though Portuguese wikipedia only uses A-numbers for motorways (which i prefer).
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Old December 15th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #8
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In Portugal Naitional Roads aren't imidiatly below motorways, in Portugal it goes like this:

Motorways
IP's
IC's
Nacional
Municipal
"Other"
But here in Bulgaria it´s just motorways or nationalroads, mejdonarodni ptishta which can be from twolaned to motorway alike roads.
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Old December 16th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #9
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In Poland,motorway A2, section from Konin to Stryków, 105 km. Opened in 07/2006
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Old December 16th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #10
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Slovak governemnt wants to build 165 km of highways and 80 km of expressway till year 2010. Well, we will see...
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Old December 16th, 2007, 10:53 PM   #11
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Are IP and IC motorways renamed into A-numbers? Looks better to me. My Michelin atlas shows some motorways with an IP or IC number, though Portuguese wikipedia only uses A-numbers for motorways (which i prefer).
Not all IP'S and IC'S are motorways, but some bit's are, like some sign's say:

A1 IP1 E01

very few motorways are only IP or IC. There are also roads that are dual carridgeways like motorways, IP or IC and have a 100kmh speed limit ot even only 90kmh.

Portugal is confusing

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Near to where I live the EN109/IC1 passes (about 900m) and some sighs say IC1 and others say N109.
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Old December 16th, 2007, 11:13 PM   #12
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This system in Portugal is also confusing for me :P Same as in Spain Oh and also at 22nd December of 2007 will be opened 25 km section of A1 motorway in northern Poland
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina:

2006: Semizovac-Visoko 7km
2007: Visoko-Dobrije 7.6km opend a few weeks ago!

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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #14
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Some new sections of motorways opened in 2007 in Portugal:

end of A24 (Viseu - Vila Verde da Raia E border), 18 km, full extension is 156 km
first part of A17 (Marinha Grande-Aveiro), 40 km
last section of A10 (Arruda dos Vinhos - Benavente), 12km, full lengkth is 40 km
last section of Eixo Norte/Sul (Lisbon), 4 km

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Old December 17th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #15
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In Bosnia and Herzegovina:

2006: Semizovac-Visoko 7km
2007: Visoko-Dobrije 7.6km opend a few weeks ago!
That´s apsolutely nothing

This year probably 100 km of motorways opened and 200 km or so of nationalroads, they are asphalting and building all the time, probably even 300 km of nationalroads got rehabilitated this year.

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Old December 17th, 2007, 03:34 PM   #16
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The UK? New motorways? Not likely these days!
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Some new sections of motorways opened in 2007 in Portugal:

end of A24 (Viseu - Vila Verde da Raia E border), 18 km, full extension is 156 kmfirst part of A17 (Marinha Grande-Aveiro), 40 km
last section of A10 (Arruda dos Vinhos - Benavente), 12km, full lengkth is 40 km
last section of Eixo Norte/Sul (Lisbon), 4 km
No, that was last year even 2 years ago, they did open a new part of it this year but that was not the1st part

I thought that was last year.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 07:26 PM   #18
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The Athens highways (Attiki Odos,you can find it at wikipedia) probably is what you are talking about. :huh:
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Old December 17th, 2007, 07:35 PM   #19
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Hmm... lemme guess why this thread is here... could it be that radi wants to pump up Bulgarian roads while also ripping on the other Balkan countries? Nah, that would be too uncharacteristic.
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That´s apsolutely nothing

This year probably 100 km of motorways opened and 200 km or so of nationalroads, they are asphalting and building all the time, probably even 300 km of nationalroads got rehabilitated this year.
SO we had a war! Bulgaria is much bigger and you are now in the EU!

We are going to build in 2008 80km Highway.

BTW: Do you have pics of the new highways in Bulgaria?
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