Wednesday, December 31, 2008

U.S. To Widen Supply Routes In Afghan War

Pakistani tanks on Tuesday in Jamrud during an offensive that closed the Khyber Pass, an allied supply route into Afghanistan. Ameer Zada/Associated Press

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The United States and NATO are planning to open and expand supply lines through Central Asia to deliver fuel, food and other goods to a military mission in Afghanistan that is expected to grow by tens of thousands of troops in the months ahead, according to American and alliance diplomats and military officials.

The plan to open new paths through Central Asia reflects an American-led effort to seek out a more reliable alternative to the route from Pakistan through the strategic Khyber Pass, which was closed by Pakistani security forces on Tuesday as they began an offensive against militants in the region.

The militants have shown that they can threaten shipments through the pass into Afghanistan, burning cargo trucks and Humvees over recent weeks. More than 80 percent of the supplies for American and allied forces in Afghanistan now flow through Pakistan.

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More News On NATO's Afghan/Pakistan Supply Routes

Khyber Operation Seeks To Secure NATO Supply Route -- Long War Journal
U.S. plans to expand its Afghan lifelines -- International Herald Tribune
US eyes alternate supply lines into Afghanistan: official -- AFP
Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants -- AP
Pakistan Launches Assault in Northwest -- Washington Post
Eight die in Pakistan offensive against militants in the Khyber Pass -- Christian Science Monitor

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