Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge

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An Afghan Border Police officer standing on the Afghan side of the Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge.

The Afghanistan–Uzbekistan Friendship Bridge is a road and rail bridge across the river Amu Darya, connecting the town of Hairatan in the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan with Termez in Uzbekistan.[1] The bridge was built by the Soviet Union and opened in 1982[2] to supply its troops in Afghanistan.

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It is the only fixed link across the Uzbek–Afghan border, the nearest bridge across the Amu Darya being at Kelif, some 120 kilometers (74.5 mi) to the west, crossing the Turkmen-Afghan border.

The bridge was closed in May 1996 when the Taliban forces took control of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, forcing their enemies living in northern Afghanistan to retreat into Uzbekistan. It reopened on December 9, 2001.[3] Work began in January 2010 to extend the railway to Mazar-i-Sharif.[4]

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Coordinates: 37°13′40″N 67°25′42″E / 37.2278°N 67.4282°E / 37.2278; 67.4282