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US-Uzbek-Afghan agreement signed

From NBC's Courtney Kube
The U.S. has signed an agreement with the Uzbekistan government that establishes shipping routes for non-lethal supplies to transit in to Afghanistan.

Effective today, the U.S. can ship supplies through Uzbekistan via rail, road and air. The "non-lethal" supplies include food, medical supplies, building materials, etc., according to Pentagon spokesperson Bryan Whitman.

These supplies will be shipped commercially by private companies.

The U.S. continues negotiations with the Kyrgyzstan government to maintain the Manas air base in Bishkek, which is now the transit point for most U.S. supplies flowing in to Afghanistan.