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

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    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.