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Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Playing Key US/NATO Support Role in Afghan War

Ashgabat serves as a hub for US Air Force C-5 and C-17 transport planes. (Photo: US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Efrain Gonzalez)

Despite its long-avowed status as a neutral nation, Turkmenistan is playing an important supporting role for US and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan. Washington and Ashgabat are both keen to keep Turkmenistan’s strategic role low-key, especially the financial aspects of cooperation.

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

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Playing Key US/NATO Support Role in Afghan War

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