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Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel-Supply Mess Puts Pentagon on the Spot -- Congressional Report

A railway worker guards a crossing on the outskirts of Kara-Balta, about 20 kilometers west of the capital Bishkek, while a cargo train passes carrying mostly jet fuel from Russia bound for Manas. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

A scheme to deceive Russia about the purpose of jet fuel purchases, carried out by Mina Corp and Red Star Enterprises, the two main fuel suppliers to the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan, undermined US diplomatic interests and jeopardized American and NATO military operations in Afghanistan, a US congressional report released December 21 asserts. The report also criticizes a Pentagon agency for turning "a bind eye" to its oversight responsibilities.

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel-Supply Mess Puts Pentagon on the Spot -- Congressional Report

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