Convoy attacks trigger race to open new Afghan supply lines

Nato is negotiating with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to allow supplies for Nato forces, including fuel, to cross borders into Afghanistan from the north. The deal, which officials said was close to being agreed, follows an agreement with Moscow this year allowing Nato supplies to be transported by rail or road through Russia.

The deal could allow more fuel for Nato forces to be transported from refineries in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. Most of the 75m gallons of fuel estimated to be used by Nato forces annually in Afghanistan comes from refineries in Pakistan.

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When these deals conclude, we may be looking at more of a likelihood for further bombing in other areas of the Khyber pass (which connects Pakistan and Afghanistan) which haven't previously been hit, because of its critical importance as a supply route through Pakistan.

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