18th April 16:21
US Loses Uzbekistan Base - Reuters
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[NYTr] US Loses Uzbekistan Base - Reuters
[Gee, it's good that the US, as Rummy claims, "thinks ahead." Time
to start puttin' all that thinkikn' to work, dood.]
Reuters via Toronto Globe & Mail - July 30, 2005
US Evicted from Uzbekistan Base - Report
WASHINGTON -- Uzbekistan evicted the United States yesterday from a
military base that has served as a hub for combat and humanitarian
missions to Afghanistan since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,
the Washington Post reported today.
A notice to leave Karshi-Khanabad air base, also known as K2, was
delivered by a courier from the Uzbek Foreign Ministry to the U.S. Embassy
in Tashkent, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed senior U.S.
administrative official involved in Central Asia policy.
Uzbekistan will give the United States 180 days to move aircraft,
personnel and equipment, the newspaper said. It said the United States
expects Uzbekistan to follow through on the eviction notice and the action
would create logistical problems for U.S. operations in Afghanistan.
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld returned this week from Central Asia,
where he won assurances from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that the United
States can use their bases for operations in Afghanistan. U.S. forces use
Tajikistan for emergency landings and occasional refuelling, but it lacks
good roads in Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan does not border Afghanistan.
"We always think ahead. We'll be fine," Mr. Rumsfeld said when asked how
the United States would cope with losing the base in Uzbekistan.
Yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Larence Rita was reported by the Post
website as saying that the U.S. military does not depend on one base in
any part of the world.
"We'll be able to conduct our operations as we need to, regardless of how
this turns out. It's a diplomatic issue at the moment."
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