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Pakistan Cuts NATO Logistics Supply Line to Afghanistan
Its a bad relationship. One born out of need not want for both sides. Suspicions and mistrust only made it go further into the trash. Both sides are guilty but Pakistan has made it worse in the beginning and the US has made it worse recently. Now, the recent NATO error in bombing a Pakistan outpost, was indeed an error and shows how in battle, confusion reigns, despite safeguards.
Pakistan has retaliated now by closing the supply routes that move from its port of Karachi into Afghanistan. Hundreds of supply convoys are simply parked near the entry points, all prime for Taliban attacks. They are sitting ducks all in a row. With Pakistan out for supplying NATO troops, that leaves two methods: air or through former Soviet territories of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz. The long on winding road begins on the Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In Pakistan, 75% of the supplies came through Karachi and 25% by air and via Central Asia. Now, 65% arrive via the former Soviet territories and the remaining are flown in US transports directly into Afghanistan. This air route is easy yet the most costly. Supplies arrive by ship in the Middle East ports (Israel) then loaded onto huge C5 Galaxy cargo planes and flown to Afghanistan. After unloading, they are reloaded with outgoing troops and equipment.
While Pakistan is hoping to retaliate for the accidental bombing and killing of Pakistani soldiers, its impact is nil.