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    Closure of Kyrgyz base deals a blow to US - 19 Feb 09

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    The parliament in Kyrgyzstan has voted to close an air base key to US efforts in Afghanistan, as Washington urges Nato to send more troops to the war-torn country.

    The closure of the Manas US airbase will make it increasingly difficult for soldiers and supplies to reach Afghanistan.

    The base was expected to be used heavily as a build-up of US reinforcements into Afghanistan develops.

    Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Manas.