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Pakistan Closes NATO Supply Route

Posted by on September 30th, 2010

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By Steve Hynd

Yesterday morning I wrote about how similiar current cross-border strikes into Pakistan were to raids in September 2008 that ended up with the Khyber Pass supply routes to NATO troops in Afghanistan being closed five times in as many months – and how those closures taught NATO a lesson about consequences for a while, at least.

Now, it appears that both Pakistani civilians and border guards have been killed by the recent round of attacks.

PESHAWAR: Nato choppers have yet another time encroached Pakistani airspace by launching fresh shelling in Kurrum Agency, Thursday morning, Geo News reported.

According to preliminary reports, at least three FC men lost their lives and as many sustained injuries in Nato-backed air strikes.

…It may be mentioned; Nato and ISAF copters killed nearly 6 civilians and over 11 were injured in an air strike occurred in Matah Sangarh area last week.

Government protested with Nato against encroaching Pakistani airspace following the killing of 30 civilians.

And now it's being reported that Pakistan has closed NATO's supply routes in retribution. I honestly didn't think they'd do it "formally", just let the local militants do it for them — but there you have it.

Pity Petraeus didn't ask former commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, if those raids were a good idea. Or maybe he should have read this from Kabul Press on the 12th September (h/t Bernhardt)

Taliban Could Defeat NATO in 30 Days – Logistics is the Achilles heel of Western forces

Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s announcement on September 8, 2010, that the Taliban was close to victory against NATO should not be dismissed. The Taliban have the military capacity to shut down the NATO supply links to Pakistan and other adjoining countries. NATO and American forces have such exorbitant daily supply needs that the Taliban could force some or potentially most Western forces to retreat from Afghanistan within 30 days.

But I'm sure Pakistan's General Kayani will now helpfully email him a copy.

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