US Contemplates New Supply Routes for Forces in Afghanistan

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The US should contemplate ways to re-supply forces in Afghanistan in case Pakistan blocks the supply route via that country, President Obama’s nominee to head US Transportation Command said Thursday during a briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Air Force General William Fraser III further elaborated that around 35% of the cargo for American troops travels through Pakistan while the rest comes via the northern supply corridors or airlift. It was previously believed that up to 80% of these supplies were coming via Pakistan. As US Pakistan relations continue to deteriorate, the Transportation Command, along with the US Central Command, is working to prevent any disruptions in supply if that route is blocked by Pakistan, he added.