Kazakhstan to Allow U.S. Overflights

From the Washington Post: The president of Kazakhstan agreed Sunday to allow over-flights by U.S. planes carrying troops and equipment to Afghanistan, a step expected to help open a route that will move forces into the war zone more quickly and safely, officials said.

Michael McFaul, the senior director for Russia on the National Security Council, told reporters in a conference call that the agreement will allow troops to fly directly from the United States over the North Pole to the region. Previously, cargo went through Pakistan or was sent on a longer, more complicated east-west journey.

"This will save money; it will save time in terms of moving our troops and supplies needed into the theater," McFaul said.  (photo: Reuters)

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