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Friendship Bridge in Termez

Friendship Bridge, Termez

The Friendship Bridge is a combined road-rail bridge across the Amu Darya River, connecting the cities of Hairaton (Afghanistan) and Termez (Uzbekistan). Built in 1981-1982. by the forces of Soviet builders. The length of the bridge is 816 m.

It was through the Friendship Bridge that the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was completed on February 15, 1989.

In 1989 the bridge was renamed "Hairaton". 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. Work began in January 2010 to extend the railway to Mazar-i-Sharif, which was completed in November of the same year.

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