Pakistan Cracks Open Afghan Supply Route

Crucial Khyber Pass has been shut for anti-Taliban campaign
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2009 5:38 PM CST
Map locates the Khyber Pass in Pakistan, which was reopened Friday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Pakistan allowed traffic to cross the Khyber Pass today for 6 hours after closing it to help fight the Taliban, the New York Times reports. But analysts say that once the offensive is over, guerrillas who fled the area will simply return to the pass, a crucial supply route for NATO troops in Afghanistan. US forces dependent on the route are looking for alternatives as Washington plans to as much as double troops in Afghanistan next year.

“As our comfort zone increases, we will be easing off on the restriction of movement,” a local official said. “Right now, we are still in the middle of active operations.”