US military plans new supply lines into Afghanistan

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    US military plans new supply lines into Afghanistan: Report | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

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    WASHINGTON - The US military is rapidly expanding its Central Asian supply routes to the war in Afghanistan, fearing that Pakistan could cut off the main means of providing American and NATO forces with fuel, food and equipment, The Washington Post reported.

    Experts said U.S. officials prompt news media reports such as this one every time tensions erupt in the US-Pakistan relations.

    On Sunday, the post recalled that Pakistan’s temporary closure of a major crossing into Afghanistan in September, resulting in a logjam of hundreds of supply trucks and fuel tankers, dozens of which were destroyed in attacks by insurgents.

    "While reducing the shipment of cargo through Pakistan would address a strategic weakness that U.S. military officials have long considered an Achilles’ heel, shifting supply lines elsewhere would substantially increase the cost of the war and make the United States more dependent on authoritarian countries in Central Asia," the newspaper said.

    A senior U.S. defence official said the military wants to keep using Pakistan, which offers the most direct and the cheapest routes to Afghanistan. But the Pentagon also wants the ability to bypass the country if necessary.
    With landlocked Afghanistan lacking seaports, and hostile Iran blocking access from the west, it said Pentagon logisticians have limited alternatives.

    “It’s either Central Asia or Pakistan — those are the two choices. We’d like to have both,” the defence official said, "We’d like to have a balance between them, and not be dependent on either one, but always have the possibility of switching.”

    U.S. military officials said they have emergency backup plans in case the Pakistan routes became unavailable.
    “We will be on time, all the time,” said Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, deputy commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, which oversees the movement of supplies and equipment.
     
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  3. sob

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    This is an indication of the new lows in the US-Pak relations. If the supply lines from Pakistan stop US would be spending a few hundred million more but the fund flow to the Pakistani economy wil stop.With Chinarefusing to finance it's client state it will not be possible for Pakistan to stop the transport route.
     
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    Pakistan again making sure its the looser in the bigger game.

    it shouldnt have allowed the burning of the trucks and tankers, just to show off its anger and importance to the yanks.

    it took yanks ten years to understand what pakistan is all about!
     
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    Exactly it shows that patience is running thin in Washington. They have never wavered from the Pakistani route despite all the attacks but now with these new routes, things could get real ugly soon.
     
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    I wonder what Pakistanis are thinking after this news.
     
  7. AOE

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    I think the Pakistanis are thinking that they have just lost a major bargaining chip, and are going to be out on their own soon.
     
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    What is alternate route for US other than PAK?

    No matter how many more trucks get burned by locals,.........They still need Pakistan for Conflict in Afghanistan.
     
  9. Pakistani Nationalist

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    A reduction in attacks.. No more smuggling ... thanks USA.. though u will go broke n still have to use our routes.
     
  10. asianobserve

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    There is no alternate route and Pakistan has no alternative DONOR.
     
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    That's coming from a unabashed BEGGAR... Pakistan is the most deceitful Islamic country in the world.
     
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    The moment US dumps Pakistan (of the aid), it will implode. China can't keep Pakistan afloat.
     

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