Wednesday, March 4, 2009

IMINT - Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan

Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan

If the airbase is closed, efforts in Afghanistan will be severely hampered.
Current rumors have Kyrgyzstan's president raising the possibility of letting forces remain at the airbase.


Two hours' flight time from Kabul
15,000 US soldiers pass through every month on their way in and out of Afghanistan
Houses 1,000 US soldiers alongside 100 Spanish and French troops
Home of large tanker aircraft used for in-air refueling of fighter planes
3,294 refueling missions flown in 2008 providing 11,419 aircraft with fuel over the skies of Afghanistan

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