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.


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

The bridge was closed in May 1997 when Taliban forces attacked the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, and Uzbekistan feared a spreading of the disturbances to their own country. It reopened on December 9, 2001.[3] Work began in January 2010 to extend the railway to Mazar-i-Sharif,[4] which was completed in November of the same year.

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