U.S. calls attacks on NATO military depots in Pakistan “insignificant”

December 9th, 2008 - 10:58 am ICT by ANI  


Washington, Dec.9 (ANI): The United States has downplayed the two insurgent attacks on NATO military depots in Pakistan, describing the assaults as having an “insignificant” impact on the overall US and NATO military effort in Afghanistan.
“The overall impact on our logistical efforts to re-supply US forces, NATO forces, ISAF forces as well as Afghan forces has been small and has had an overall insignificant impact to date,” the Daily Times quoted Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman, as saying.
“That said, we constantly are reviewing and adjusting our security procedures based on our own assessments of the environment. We are looking at ways to mitigate the effect of these attacks,” he added.
Armed militants torched nearly 100 vehicles, including jeeps and supply trucks, early Monday in an attack on a container terminal near Peshawar. That came a day after Taliban fighters set fire to 200 vehicles.
About 80 percent of the supplies for US forces in Afghanistan come through Pakistan, much of it by land through the Kyber Pass.
Whitman said the equipment destroyed was destined for the Afghan National Army. (ANI)

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