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The eviction notice follows American calls for an inquiry into the shooting deaths of several hundred people during a May rally.
Six months from now, barring a major change of heart by the despotic President Islam Karimov, US troops and materiel will withdraw from southern Uzbekistan, and one of the most delicate chapters of post-9/11 history will come to an end. At that point a new chapter will begin for a country whose leader has lost the plot.
Easy but flawed conclusions are already being drawn from Mr Karimov’s testy decision to end US use of the Karshi-Khanabad, or K2, base to which he granted Washington access days after the September 11 atrocities. Will it mean the loss of a key staging post in the war on terror? On a purely logistical level, yes. The K2 base has been home to at least 1,300 US troops for most of the past four years. Initially used for bombing raids on al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, it has since grown in importance as a distribution point for aid. But will the American withdrawal amount to a strategic victory for Russia in its old Soviet underbelly, or a diplomatic coup for China, which, likewise, is seeking to deepen its influence throughout Central Asia? Hardly.
Originally posted by awshucksme
US has been tied to terrorist activity...developing.
The Uzbek government obviously believes the Pentagon has been dealing with terrorist groups and decided to deny the Americans a base from which they might be using to foment Islamist terrorist operations in Uzbekistan and in surrounding countries.
Originally posted by xu
that is what all the papers and news are saying here. of all these posts in this thread, that is one of the few which is really about the topic.