June 14th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

U.S. military says key base not affected by Kyrgyzstan violence

Ethnic violence that is sweeping through the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has not affected a key transport base for U.S. troops traveling to and from Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. 

The refueling and troop transport operations in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, continue "unabated" by ethnic riots in the southern part of the country, Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan told CNN.

The violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan is about 200 miles from the Manas transit base, located near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, Lapan said.  The base has not added any additional security measures, he said.

Refueling operations resumed late last week after a temporarily halt while the United States negotiated new fuel contracts with the interim government, he said.

Lapan said the U.S. military is examining what options it can provide for humanitarian assistance in connection with the violence in the south.

The transit center in Manas was opened in 2001, when U.S. military operations in Afghanistan began.

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  1. Jack Napiare

    Hope not!

    July 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Albertcees

    Former Marine is correct. Education is important. If we had more education, we would have less war,suffering, and even more medical progress as well as plenty of new stuff to use around our house. Please... the ignorant pay the ultimate price in the web of battle make no mistake about it . Not just in the US, but how do you think a person rationalizes signing on with the Taliban. It's called no options, the poorest and least educated on earth, hungrier than hungry. Not for the love of God. It so when they are considered Martyrs their families are paid. Sound educated to you?

    June 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    I suspect Kyrgyzstan will soon cut a better deal with Russia and then firmly tell the US Commanders to exit their airbase and take their aging refueling fleet with them. The villagers in Afghanistan would likely enjoy a lull in being buzzed and harassed by low level supersonic flights by America's fighter jets.

    Meanwhile Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake operation in Kandahar appears to be failing even as it's just starting to ramp up. Seems a majority of the Kandahar residents see the Karzai Clan as utterly corrupt and allegedly the major exporter of Opium and Heroin from Afghanistan. Even the Kandahar Governor has severe reservations in regards to supporting the Karzai Clan. Meanwhile it appears a majority of the Kandahar residents support the Taliban overwhelmingly over the Karzai Clan whom they see as utterly corrupt. The operation in Kandahar doesn't sound very democratic to me if a majority of the residents entirely reject it and it's forced down their throats anyway, isn't that a dictatorship?

    June 15, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. damiao

    Bravo, Former I respect your viewpoint intervencionism is a great idea, so far the economy from USA is taking off due the war....

    June 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Invest in Education is much better than invest in war....

    June 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      Says who? You?! War has been the most profitable thing in the world to date. While it's not the oldest profession, it certainly is the most profitable, even moreso in recent years. People are paying billions and trillions of dollars to eradicate their foes. And most of these people who get an education are aiding the building of a great war machine. Little do you know most of the stuff you use today in your home, and in medicine is a result of that very thing you despise called war. Invest in war all you want, it's a lucrative buisness, and it will never end. Though I do agree with you, education IS important.

      June 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Afghan Empire

      We do support your idea, but if they get to the essence of this logic?

      June 15, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel-2

    Somehow I knew that the trouble in Kyrghistan

    Somehow I already knew that the trouble in Kyrgystan would not affect the NATO military operations in Afghanistan.I wouldn't be surprised if the C.I.A. itself caused some of that trouble so the Government would "call in" NATO troops to quell it.It would do well to remember what happened in Chile in 1973.

    June 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yeah man... I think the right wing thugs caused it!!!!!!!! I also think that the right wing thugs signaled for aliens from the Andromeda Galaxy to come to Earth and "stir the pot" in helping to create violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, and many other places on Earth. I wouldn't put it past those right-wing thugs to get help from aliens to gain control of the world and your TV!!!!!!!

      June 15, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |