Morning Brief: Kyrgyzstan to U.S: Get lost
Top Story The government of Kyrgyzstan has issued an eviction notice to U.S. troops based in the country, ordering the Manas air base closed within six months. The closure is a possible complication in the U.S. effort to increase its military presence in Afghanistan with Pakistani supply routes into the country becoming increasingly unreliable and ...
The government of Kyrgyzstan has issued an eviction notice to U.S. troops based in the country, ordering the Manas air base closed within six months. The closure is a possible complication in the U.S. effort to increase its military presence in Afghanistan with Pakistani supply routes into the country becoming increasingly unreliable and dangerous. 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo are shipped into Afghanistan via Manas each month.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the matter was “not a closed issue” and that negotiations with the Kyrgyz government over fees for using the base would continue. However, Gates described Manas as “not irreplaceable.”
The U.S. has also secured the rights to transport non-lethal cargo into Afghanistan via Uzbekistan, an agreement that may raise human rights concerns.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has asked Likud candidate Binyamin Netanyahu to form a government. Kadima’s Tzipi Livni has indicated she would rather remain in opposition than join a government led by Netanyahu.
The BBC reports that Iran offered to stop attacks on British troops in Iraq in exchange for concessions on its nuclear program.
Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper, Barack Obama tried to allay fears about protectionist measures in the U.S. stimulus package.
President Felipe Calderon gave a speech defending Mexico’s military operation against drug trafficking.
A suicide bombing killed 28 in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a stern warning to North Korea during her visit to Seoul.
As an emergency measure, the Bank of Japan will buy $10 billion in corporate bonds.
The military has retaken ministries that were seized by opposition protesters in Madagascar’s capital.
While attention has focused on Somalia, pirate attacks have been on the rise in West Africa as well.
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has packed his cabinet with 61 ministers.
The Eurozone is plunging headlong into a deep recession, new data shows.
The British cricket world has been badly shaken by the prosecution of Allen Stanford, one of its primary financiers.
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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