US has non-Pakistan supply routes for Afghan war

WASHINGTON Mon May 9, 2011 11:39am EDT

WASHINGTON May 9 (Reuters) - The Pentagon has alternatives to the key land routes through Pakistan used to supply U.S. forces in Afghanistan and is not wholly dependent on those routes, a top U.S. official said on Monday.

"We're confident that we're not dependent upon any particular single thread, and we can continue to supply the Afghanistan effort," Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told Reuters.

More strains have emerged in already fragile U.S.-Pakistan ties after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a compound near Islamabad, prompting some concerns about the U.S. military's ability to get supplies to troops fighting in land-locked country of Afghanistan.

In an interview, Carter downplayed those concerns, noting that the U.S. military's logistics operation was developed to deal with unexpected hurdles such as devastating floods throughout Pakistan last year.

"You've seen when the volcano hit, when the floods in Pakistan hit, when Haiti happened, that our logistics system was resilient enough and had enough diversity that we could shift load from one mode to another," Carter said. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Either this guy has gotten himself a wrong map or (more likely) he is trying to bluff Pakistanis. there are only two ways in to afghanistan. Pakistan, or Iran. All other borders are deeply land locked with at least three or more countries in the way. North side will also require them to break through the arctic.

Unless Iran- US relationship has changed in last few hours,this guy is taking us all as morons.

I think we should have thought about all this BEFORE violating pakistani sovereignty so that obama can take claim of killing bin laden all by himself.

May 10, 2011 7:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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