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Kyrgyzstan unrest: another headache for America’s AFPAK war

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- (U.S. soldiers inside an aircraft waiting to take off from Manas - Shamil Zhumatov)

(U.S. soldiers inside an aircraft waiting to take off from Manas - Shamil Zhumatov)

Some 50,000 U.S., multinational and coalition troops moved through a U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan last month on their way to Afghanistan as part of the surge, along with millions of gallons of fuel for the war effort, according to the U.S. department of defence.

It tells you just how pivotal Manas, the last remaining U.S. base in Central Asia, is to U.S. operations in Afghanistan just as the coalition prepares to launch an offensive in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. operations at the base appeared unaffected by the political unrest in Bishkek.

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