Defense Secretary Leon Panetta greets his flight crew as he prepares to depart from the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzsta, to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, March 14, 2012.
A refueling plane of the U.S. Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek crashed near the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border on April 3.
The C-135 tanker crashed near the village of Chaldovar not far from the border,
“We should be lucid: a country that depends almost entirely on the international community for the salaries of its soldiers and policemen, for most of its investments and partly on it for its current civil expenditure, cannot be really independent.” the departing French ambassador to Kabul: Bernard Bajolet, who is leaving to head France’s Direction Génerale de la Sécurité Extérieure, its foreign intelligence service.
[October 12 2012
The attack [October 13]Saturday in Kandahar province killed four Afghan intelligence officials and two U.S. intelligence officers. One of the Americans has been identified as a female solider – 24-year-old Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, assigned to a military intelligence company from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
A senior U.S. defense official and a former U.S. intelligence official said the other American was an officer working for the CIA. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information on the record. The officer’s name is being withheld.
NATO says the bomber was a member of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, but the Afghans deny that.
August 22]The United States pays roughly $500 million annually in transit fees to ship equipment and material via the Northern Distribution Network, a set of road, sea, railway and air routes that traverse the Central Asian states, which was opened to provide an alternative to Pakistani supply routes.
In June, NATO reached agreements with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for taking equipment out of Afghanistan. Uzbekistan, which effectively controls rail shipments out of northern Afghanistan, has already announced that it will charge up to 150 percent of the distribution network’s prevailing transit rates, and American officials expect to be further squeezed as neighboring states bargain hard during the West’s rush to the exits.