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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pakistan reopens passes to NATO

I recently wrote about the fact that Pakistan had halted NATO supply convoys from using their mountain passes to enter land-locked Afghanistan. Those passes were reopened earlier today, when Pakistani security forces escorted NATO supply trucks and oil tankers through the Khyber Pass.

The Pakistani escort consisted of a dozen or so pickup trucks carrying heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Previously, the NATO convoys traveled with little or no security.

NATO has concluded an alternative transit agreement to allow them to resupply their forces in Afghanistan via Russia, however, agreements are still pending with the Central Asian nations separating Russia and Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s cooperation is vital in defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan and in the broader global war on Islamist extremists such as al-Qaeda. It’s nice to see them reverse their earlier decision to close the Khyber Pass.smleaf

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