• In this Monday, Aug 17, 2015 photo, a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter lands at the NATO Airfield next to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. A series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight airfields, worth an estimated $2 billion, are scattered around a landlocked and mountainous land whose lack of rail transport or decent roads makes almost every intercity journey a perilous adventure -- even without factoring in attacks from Taliban militants. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism.