BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The opposition seized Kyrgyzstan’s government headquarters today following clashes between protesters and security forces that have left 68 people dead nationwide, and appeared to control this Central Asian country that houses a key U.S. air base. An opposition coalition said it has formed an interim government that will rule the turbulent nation for six months.
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Kyrgyzstan ordered U.S. forces on Friday to depart within six months from an air base key to military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaida violence.
Iran has enough nuclear fuel to build a bomb if it decides to take the drastic steps of violating its international treaty obligations, kicking out inspectors and further refining its supply, U.N. officials and arms-control experts said Thursday. Iran has made no such gestures and has slowed its expansion of machines producing nuclear fuel, increasing its production capacity by less than 5 percent over the last three months, according to a report issued Thursday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.
MOSCOW – The U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban suffered two logistical blows Tuesday as the president of Kyrgyzstan announced that he’d shut a U.S. air base in his country and insurgents in Pakistan blew up a bridge, disrupting the main U.S. supply route into Afghanistan. The developments were the latest reminders of the vulnerability of the long and complex transportation system on which the 60,000 U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan depend for fuel, ammunition, construction materials and a great deal more.