Taliban ambushes threaten Natos vital logistics route

Taliban ambushes threaten Nato's vital logistics route into Afghanistan
Taliban fighters are trying to strangle Nato's mission in Afghanistan by stepping up attacks on convoys in the Khyber Pass, the perilous mountain trail that carries most supplies into the country.

By Nick Meo in Peshawar, Pakistan
Last Updated: 7:26PM BST 30 Aug 2008

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Using age-old guerrilla tactics, they hijack or destroy the ponderous lorries creeping up the narrow road and sell the contents in local bazaars to finance new raids.

A prominent, independent tribesman from the Khyber region, who cannot be named for his own safety, told The Sunday Telegraph that the Pakistani army was close to losing control of the pass.

"You see vehicles destroyed by rockets on the side of the road," he said. "The wreckage isn't there for long, the army soon removes it to make it look as if they are still in control of the road. But they are on the verge of losing it."

The number of attacks on supply convoys is a military secret, but the tribesman claimed they were occurring almost daily. Earlier this year 42 oil tankers were destroyed in one attack.
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Ah! don't worry our Lords and Masters will have worked out an alternative supply route.
Not even Dear Tone would have been that stupid to commit Britians Armed Forces to a war based on just one main supply line through a Muslim State.
The Kabul Airlift cumming up with ALL those C 17's

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