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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

"Kyrgyzstan to close U.S. base used to supply Afghanistan," Yahoo/McClatchy, February 3, 2009.

MOSCOW — In a setback to the escalating U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan , the president of Kyrgyzstan said Tuesday that his government will shut down the American air base in his country.

  The Manas installation is viewed as "the premier air-mobility hub" for U.S. and allied operations in Afghanistan, with about 1,000 military personnel from America, Spain and France stationed there, according to a US Air Force Web site.

U.S. officials say that the Manas Air Base is vital to plans to send an additional 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan , a linchpin of President Barack Obama's efforts to pacify the country.

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