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Pakistan has always been a part of the supply line.

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Submitted by Gene Taglia (United States), Jun 6, 2014 at 04:50

Some supplies move by rail through Russia to the former Soviet republics north of Afghanistan; some from Turkey to Baku and across the Caspian to Turkmenistan; and some through Pakistan (when things were hot and many more troops were in Afghanistan, it wasn't possible to move enough supplies through Pakistan). American relations with the Russians (and the Uzbeks, Tajiks, etc., due to Russian pressure) have always been uncertain, and are getting worse.

A large American supply base in Tajikistan was shut down earlier this year and the lease on the air-supply base in Kyrgyzstan (from which troops and supplies were flown to Afghanistan) was terminated this week. Supplies have always moved through Pakistan, and if the Russians cut off access from the north, it may be the only route left.

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