Afghanistan: Khost-Gardez Pass

It is amazing how much aid is flowing into this province. When I was here in 2005, the aid was sparse and the people were not as excited about the future. A lot has changed in the last six months. The Navy led PRT has spent $18 million dollars building everything from diversion dams to schools and the projects are paying off.

Yesterday, we spent the day inspecting the quality of a variety of reconstruction projects around Khost, including seven diversion dams. Three of the dams were in the Khost-Gardez pass, one of the main arteries into north central Afghanistan.

The last time I was in the pass, the convoy I was riding in was ambushed. The 82nd paratroopers spent hours hiking through the mountains looking for the attackers, but like most attacks in Afghanistan the insurgents melted away...

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