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Khabat bridge

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This stone and cement 19th century bridge used to span the entire river but was partially destroyed by Iranian air strikes during the Iraq-Iran War. Sixteen columns remain.

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The remaining columns are all about 22m in diameter, and start at 6.9m in height but get shorter (6.5m) going east across its 426m span. The arches offer sun-protected riverside picnic spots.

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The steel spans are a reminder of the force of war in reshaping all aspects of life -- and how reconstruction is a sign of resilience but the past cannot be undone.

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Under British control, it was renovated by an Indian company.

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