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US to Use Romanian Airbase for Afghan Pullout

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Romania has agreed to allow the U.S. military to use an airbase near the Black Sea as a key logistics hub for getting supplies and troops into and out of Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials said the agreement reached Friday will allow them to move their operations away from Kyrgyzstan, where lawmakers had voted not to renew the U.S. lease at Manas airbase beyond July 2014.

The United States is working on pulling out most of its combat forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

Washington, however, hopes to keep a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after next year's deadline, but has yet to forge an agreement with the government in Kabul.

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by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
October 20, 2013 4:19 PM
The US air force has a transit center known as Ganci Air Base in Manas international airport at Bihek in Kyrgyzstan since 2001. It is the transit point of 35,000 military personnel and 62,000 tons of jet fuel to Afghanistan every month. This air base is vital for the US military operations in Afghanistan since Afghanistan is a land locked country. This US air base may have to be evacuated because of growing pressure from Russia. The Kyrgyzstan-Russia relation is improving since Russia provided $2 billion loan and financial assistance of $150 million per year. The air bases are important income producing venture for the family of the dictator President Baklev with profit of $80 million per year from supply of oil to the air bases. The US paid $13 million as rental fee for the Minas air base. The US paid $45 million financial assistance, including $ 10 million for Osh military base as a transit center for U.S. Military per year. All this was done for the transit of US military to Afghanistan. US does not need these expenses once the curtain is down for the US military operations in Afghanistan in 2014. It is preferable to join hands with a friendly country of Romania than the unreliable Kyrgyzstan and the dictator leaning on Putin and Russia. Adios Kyrgyzstan and welcome to Romania.

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