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Tajikistan Ready To Aid U.S. With Supply Transit

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posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 12:47 PM
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Tajikistan Ready To Aid U.S. With Supply Transit


www.defensenews.com

DUSHANBE - Tajikistan said Feb. 6 it was ready to allow U.S. and NATO supplies for Afghanistan to transit its territory, after neighboring Kyrgyzstan ordered the closure of a vital American airbase.

The decision by the Kyrgyz government to shut down the Manas airbase has troubled Washington, which had used the facility as a vital route for flying in supplies for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said after meeting the U.S. ambassador that his country was ready to allow supplies including construction materials, medicines, fuel and water to transit its soil by road.

"Tajikistan is ready to offer the United States and NATO countries help with the transit of humanitarian and commercial supplies to Afghanistan," he said in a statement.

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posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 12:47 PM
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No doubt the Russians are going to be pissed. Its like the U.S. is forcing the Russians to spend more money to bride other countries from allowing the U.S. a foothold in their country in the region. Tajikistan is practically a perfect place to transfer personnel, equipment, and supplies into Afghanistan. Would the Russians do something about it? Probably...

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posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 03:52 PM
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Yeha it is delta- Star!

All this prelude to war stuff, moving troops and lines around the globe, just stokes-up the cold war even hotter!

Starting to remind me of Milton Bradley's 'Stratego' board game from the 60's!



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 05:17 PM
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As long as there isnt gonna be a pernament US base in that country and the supplies land on existing airbases owned by the Tajiki goverment, then the Russians are at ease.

Heck, they would even cheer on the USA in the war against the Taliban.

Russia realy doesnt like religeous extremnists like the Taliban and wants to see them being exterminated by either its self or by other factions. In this case: the USA



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 07:02 PM
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Originally posted by deltaboy
No doubt the Russians are going to be pissed. Its like the U.S. is forcing the Russians to spend more money to bride other countries from allowing the U.S. a foothold in their country in the region. Tajikistan is practically a perfect place to transfer personnel, equipment, and supplies into Afghanistan. Would the Russians do something about it? Probably...


Read the article carefully and look at the map. It does not talk about cutting Russia out of the picture, but rather incorporation Tajikistan into the proposed transport route through Russia.

Tajikistan is not in fact offering a new base and air-supply route to the US, but only a land route. The main question is how the supplies will get to Tajikistan. The answer - through Russia via road and rail network:




Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon said after meeting the U.S. ambassador that his country was ready to allow supplies including construction materials, medicines, fuel and water to transit its soil by road.

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U.S. ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson said the transit would take place by land and would employ a new bridge over the Panj river funded by Washington that opened in August 2007 and links the south of Tajikistan with Afghanistan.

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But Russia also said that it would allow the transit of non-military supplies as soon as the U.S. detailed what items needed to move across its soil for NATO forces in Afghanistan.



And here is today's article on the proposal by Russia:

Russia allows transit of US military supplies

news.aol.com...



Now Take a look at the map, and it all makes perfect sense. Supplies are trasported from Europe and the Atlantic via Russia by rail, then through Kazakhstan, then via Tajikistan and into Afghanistan. This will in fact be cheaper and more efficient than transport by air as was done at the Kyrgyz base.

Thus this agreement by Tajikistan is part of the bigger picture, which includes the offer made by Russia. This was no doubt engineered in advance, and would hopefully bring cooperation between Russia and US, and the Central Asian countries like Tajikistan.



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 07:25 PM
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Could this be some sort of move by the US and Russia to block China out the picture? China would definitely feel encroached upon if central Asian countries are being scooped up so to speak by US/Russia. It does seem like a game of Stratego.



posted on Feb, 6 2009 @ 07:37 PM
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Originally posted by M157yD4wn
Could this be some sort of move by the US and Russia to block China out the picture? China would definitely feel encroached upon if central Asian countries are being scooped up so to speak by US/Russia. It does seem like a game of Stratego.


China doesn't really figure much into the Afghanistan conflict and its geopolitical arena. China shares a tiny border with Afghanistan, and all of that is mountains. Nor has China been overly interested in Afghanistan.

China's interest and territorial ambitions lie further East - at the border with India between Kashmir and Nepal. There were several small conflicts involving the Chinese there in the past.

So my guess is that this has little to do with China. It is getting crowded in Central Asia as it is.



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