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Key bridge linking three Farah villages inaugurated

Kabul, December 1, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The provincial government has celebrated the grand opening of the Charbagh bridge, a key transportation link among three villages near Farah City.

The US-led Coalition said on Saturday that the two-lane bridge, located in Farah City, would be used by several hundred vehicles - bringing development and humanitarian aid to the area.

In a statement mailed to Pajhwok Afghan News, the Coalition said a total of 7,000 residents of the three villages would gain access to district economic centers for trade and commerce.

Marking the inauguration of the bridge, the ceremony was presided over by Muhammad Younus, deputy governor, and Minister of Rural Reconstruction Development Abdul Rauf.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Coalition forces for helping the Afghan people," Younus said while referring to the completion of the project by US-led forces.

The bridge will benefit not only the 7,000 residents, but also people from the surrounding district," said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, Combined Joint Task Forces-82 spokesman.

"The Afghan government and the Coalition forces are committed to developing the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, he concluded.