Friday, July 6, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- July 6, 2012

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The Long Roads Home
With Pakistan agreeing to restore access to its critical ground supply routes, the Pentagon still confronts a massive challenge to withdraw tens of thousands of troops, an estimated 100,000 shipping containers and 50,000 wheeled vehicles from Afghanistan over the next two years. In addition to the Pakistan routes, the U.S. military will depend on air cargo and a makeshift network of old rail lines and curvy roads that cross Central Asia and Russia.
Source: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Gene Thorp.

First NATO Trucks Move Into Afghanistan From Pakistan After 7-Month Closure -- CNN

Trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops crossed from Pakistan into Afghanistan for the first time in seven months on Thursday after Islamabad agreed to reopen routes, officials said.

The four trucks, under heavy security, crossed the border from Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

Because Afghanistan is landlocked, many supplies for NATO-led troops fighting Islamic militants have to be trucked in from Pakistan.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update, July 6 -- ISAF
War in Afghanistan News - 6 July 2012 -- War On Terror News
NATO confident Afghan forces ready by 2015 -- AFP
NATO's transition in Afghanistan an 'organised challenge' -- AFP
US-trained Afghan militia troops desert to Taliban-led insurgents -- Stars and Stripes/Washington Post
U.S. concerned by rise in Afghan insider attacks -- Washington Times/AP
US cozies up to outcast Uzbekistan as it seeks regional support for Afghanistan withdrawal -- Washington Post

First NATO trucks cross into Afghanistan after 7-month closure ends, but challenges still loom for US-Pakistan relations -- FOX News/AP
Pakistan border reopening solves immediate problem, and one down the road -- Stars and Stripes
Pakistan to scan all NATO containers -- The Nation/AFP

Afghanistan Donors To Meet In Tokyo Over Weekend -- Radio Free Europe
Afghan set for $15 billion in aid pledges -- The Telegraph
Afghans hope Tokyo will bring long-term help -- Deutsche Welle
Afghanistan seeks at least $4 billion in yearly aid after 2014 at crucial Tokyo conference -- Washington Post/AP

U.S. Exit Risks Afghan Economy as Cash Pumped Into Dubai -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Billions Down the Afghan Hole -- Huguette Labelle, New York Times
Inside Afghanistan's hydropower revolution -- The Guardian
Helping Afghanistan through farming -- Dvids

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