Just 30 drivers a day use 'world's most dangerous road'

The truck route crosses dangerous territory from Jordan to Iraq.
Photo credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
Photo credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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A truck route from Jordan to Iraq has been dubbed "the world's most dangerous road" by UK-newspaper The Indepdendent

While the Iraqi government maintains one outpost on the Jordanian border for custom checks, truckers face hundreds of miles along a road The Independent reports attracts numerous thieves and terrorists, crossing some of the most dangerous territory in the world.

One Iraqi driver, who receives double or triple wages for transporting cargo along the road, described the journey as "taking your life in your hands". 

Prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, it is estimated that 2,000 trucks entered Iraq daily from Jordan while today just 30 drivers make the journey each day in order to keep the towns of Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul supplied with a range of goods, including food and medicines.

Mohammed Kheir Dawood, head of the Jordan Truck Owners Union, said: "Right now, Jordan is western Iraq’s lifeline. We warn [drivers] them that the road is very, very dangerous, but they can’t say no to the money."

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