The holder of the main fuel-supply contract at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan, a critical logistics hub for the US and NATO war effort in Afghanistan, operates in a “thick fog of mystery,” according to a report published by the Washington Post.
The Post article, published October 30, provides some details on the rise of Mina Corp and Red Star Enterprises, the current and former holders of the Pentagon’s Manas fuel-supply contract. Both entities are controlled, according to the Post investigation, by 58-year-old Douglas Edelman. He began his entrepreneurial career in Kyrgyzstan by opening “a bar and hamburger joint,” and, after the US-NATO blitz on Afghanistan in late 2001, parlayed his operations into a jet fuel supply business that, to date, has secured almost $3 billion in Defense Department contracts. [To read the full Washington Post article click here].
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