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The Department of Defense paid billions of dollars to an ultra-secretive fuel contractor linked to two revolutions in Kyrgyzstan and turned a blind eye to corruption that threatened diplomatic relations, a congressional report published Monday found.
The 75 page report was prepared by the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs after an eight-month investigation into the Department of Defense's fuel contracts.
Mina Corporation and its associated firm, Red Star Enterprises, have been awarded over $3 billion dollars in contracts to supply Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan since 2003.
Otunbayeva demanded, at a meeting of the UN General Assembly in September, that the US government no longer contract with Mina and Red Star.
Despite her plea, the Pentagon awarded Mina with a fuel contract worth $630 million in November.
This makes me ponder the idea whether all the colored revolutions across the former Soviet states were staged by corporations seeking to exploit the fuel and strategic geographic location for fuel pipelines in the region.
A gas pipeline that went into operation late last year stretches from Turkmenistan through Uzbekistan up to Kazakhstan's border with China and then extends more than 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) into China itself. It was Central Asia's first major gas export route that completely bypasses Russia.