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Northern Distribution Network Keeps Growing

The U.S. and NATO have been busy lately expanding the Northern Distribution Network, by working on three agreements that will allow coalition forces more options to take military cargo through Central Asia into Afghanistan.

First, NATO has apparently gotten Russia to agree to allow armored vehicles to transit its territory:

"It's still not ammunition or guns, but armoured vehicles," the diplomat said. "Right now it's things like food, clothes fuel. It takes it more to military, but not yet to lethal (equipment)."

The vehicles would include armoured personnel carriers, but not tanks, and the deal would potentially allow vehicles needing replacement or repair to be brought back through Russia, the diplomat said.

Second, NATO and Russia are expected to agree on "reverse transit," i.e. taking cargo out of Afghanistan back to Europe, said Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at his press conference this week:

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Northern Distribution Network Keeps Growing

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