Highway 1

Highway 1, the world's scariest highway

Highway 1 is dubbed as the world's scariest highway. On the expressway between Jordan and Baghdad, drivers have to brave ISIS fighters and air strikes to bring supplies to Iraq. It might be the most hairy truck route in the world. The number of trucks crossing into Iraq from Jordan has plummeted from 2000 to 30 on some days.

The road runs between the Jordan border and the Iraq capital, through the heart of Islamic State territory. The highway is asphalted. The truckers’ journey provides a window into a dangerous region that has become even more terrifying: the highway through hell.
The drive passes through lots of kilometres controlled by the radical Islamist group. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. On the run to Baghdad, drivers face miles of empty, lawless road, prowled by brigands and militias, punctuated by rolling roadblocks operated by Islamic State militants in pickup trucks and purloined Hummers.
Pic: US Army

 

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