Central Asia Dispute Disrupts NATO Afghan Supplies

Amu Darya river crossing Uzbekistan

From Reuters:  A dispute between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan has left hundreds of railway carriages with supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan stranded in Central Asia, a Tajik railway official told Reuters. …

"As of May 24, 2,500 carriages bound for Tajikistan are being held on the territory of the Uzbek railways," Usmon Kalandarov, deputy head of Tajikistan’s state railway company, told Reuters late on Tuesday.
"Out of those carriages, more than 300 are NATO cargo for Afghanistan."

The supply route through Central Asia has become important in past years as traditional NATO supply lines through Pakistan came under increasingly fierce attack from Taliban insurgents.  (photo: Yuri Kozyrev/AP)

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