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Haibak is located in Afghanistan
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 36°15′N 68°0′E / 36.250°N 68.000°E / 36.250; 68.000
Country  Afghanistan
Province Samangan Province
Time zone Afghanistan Standard Time (UTC+4:30)

Haibak is a town of Afghanistan in the Samangan Province and is a former khanate of Afghan Turkestan. The valley of Haibak, which is 3,100 feet above sea level, is fertile and richly cultivated. The town, which is famed in Persian legend, is now very small and does not appear on most maps.

Due to its location, Haibak has been influenced by Buddhist, Islamic and Turkic and Persian peoples. In the past, it was significant because of its position on the main line of communication between Kabul and Afghan Turkestan.

On October 23, 2003, during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, rebels fired rockets at a pickup truck ferrying passengers to Haibak, which killed ten people, including two children.


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Coordinates: 36°15′N 68°00′E / 36.25°N 68.0°E / 36.25; 68.0