Friday, December 12, 2008

Attacks expose weakness of key Afghanistan supply route

KABUL (AFP) — Two sophisticated Taliban raids on NATO trucks in Pakistan have exposed the dangerous vulnerability of the vital supply route for international troops in Afghanistan through the legendary Khyber Pass.

Hundreds of vehicles were destroyed in two daring and well-planned attacks on terminals in northwest Pakistan -- at a time the United States is preparing to almost double the size of its force in landlocked Afghanistan.

The bulk of the supplies and equipment required by NATO and US-led forces battling the Taliban insurgency is shipped to Pakistan's largest port, Karachi in the south.

From there, the containers of food, fuel, vehicles and munitions are taken by truck to the city of Peshawar before being transported through Pakistan's restive tribal areas to Afghanistan via the Khyber pass.

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