Friday, January 20, 2012
Pakistan Closure of Nato supply routes is bitting U.S
Pentagon figures provided to the AP show it now costs about $104 million per month to move the supplies through a longer northern route, instead of $17 million a month when the cargo moved through Pakistan. Islamabad shut down two key Pakistan border crossings after a U.S. airstrike killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in late November, and it is unclear when it might reopen them.
U.S. officials have acknowledged that using alternate transportation routes for Afghan war supplies is more expensive and takes longer, but the total costs had not been revealed until now.