31 Aug '15, 6am

Afghan air fields built for war seen as economic hubs

Afghan air fields built for war seen as economic hubs

Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy, a former lawmaker overseeing the handover of military airports for the Afghan government, speaks during an interview in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 18, 2015. He said the air fields will amount to a latter-day "Silk Road" that "will connect Afghanistan internally and to South Asia and Central Asia, and beyond." Rahmat Gul/AP KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight air fields, worth an estimated $2 billion, are scattered around a landlocked and mountainous land whose lack of rail transport or decent roads makes almost every intercity journey a perilous adventure...

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