Murghab, Tajikistan. Two Kyrgyz women sit on a wall chatting. At an elevation of 3,650 this isolated little town in the eastern Pamirs is the highest in the former Soviet Union. Murghab is a dusty but atmospheric place where houses are whitewashed and women swaddle their faces to protect from wind and sun. It’s also a resource-scarce place where gasoline is preciouus and the local bazaar is merely a jumble of rusty shipping containers left by Chinese freight companies.

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A young #Kyrgyz mother and her #child posing in the northern pamir town called #murghab . #murghab is situated on the #M41 also known as the #pamirhighway . The pamir highway is the second highest paved road in the world.
The majority of the #murghab inhabitants are Kyrgyz.

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Commandos Battle Insurgents in Badghis

[Story by Corporal Kyle McNally]

BADGHIS PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan commandos from the 9th Commando Kandak, assisted by coalition special operations forces, were attacked by insurgents during a routine presence patrol near Sakharai village, Murghab district, March 6.

The commando-led force was providing security on the village outskirts when approximately two insurgents opened fire on them with a medium machine gun from a remote position in the mountains.

After positively identifying the attackers as insurgents, the commando patrol leader made the decision to respond. Coalition aircraft then engaged them with a precision-guided munition.

Shortly after, six more insurgents returned to the same position to attempt to re-engage the commando force. Coalition aircraft once again engaged with precision-guided munitions, and killed the remaining six insurgents.

The commandos, along with coalition SOF, took extreme precautions when neutralizing the attackers, ensuring that no civilians were harmed and no property damage resulted. The closest village structures were over 2,000 meters away from the insurgent fighting position.

The commando leaders met with Sakharai village leaders after the incident to inform them of the situation and discuss options for further assistance. During the shura, village elders confirmed that no villagers had been killed by coalition forces.

However, a Taliban spokesman contacted Badghis provincial governor Delbar Jan Almar shortly after the incident, claiming that three children and two women had been killed by the coalition aircraft. Murghab district governor Hashem Habibi, said that this information is verifiably false, and was designed by insurgents to discredit the positive gains of the Afghan government.

Murghab district chief of police Israil Ibrahim Khan said that insurgents are simply attempting to strike fear into the people of Murghab through rumors.

“Insurgents have demonstrated a tendency to make audacious claims of civilian casualties,” said Maj. Ryan Bolling, a spokesman for Special Operations Task Force – West. “They are resorting to increasingly desperate tactics in an attempt to win favor with a population that no longer wants to support them.”

According to a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan spokesman, the 9th Commando Kandak and its coalition SOF partners are resolved to protecting local communities in the Badghis province from insurgent attempts to gain ground through violence, fear and intimidation of the Afghan people.

[News story via DVIDS.]


Chinese trucks towards one-way trade, empty return. Chinese truckers stop in Murghab to fill custom documents, sleep alongside the road to continue direction Khorog or Dushanbe. Globalization and asymmetry.

Rampants 24 heures sur 24, le rythme s'accélère (croise en 8 heures de trajet 36 60 tonnes et 30 40 tonnes). Une présence qui ne dépasse que peu le périmètre de la M41 et s'arrète à Khorog ou Dushanbe pour se répandre sur les marchés. Sémiophores en mouvement.

Lastwagen, Zeichnen und Gewicht. Bewegungen auf dem “Dach der Welt”, dies ist eine Form der große Furcht: “China dehnt sich aus”?

Welcher Art von Austausch?