The US and Kyrgyzstan are reported to be finalising a new deal on the use of an air base that has been the hub for American operations in Afghanistan.
A government source in the central Asian state has been quoted as saying the Manas base will become a logistics centre for the Afghanistan campaign. Parliament is set to approved the agreement later today, it is claimed. Just days ago the US was preparing to pull out of the sprawling facility outside the capital, Bishkek. In February, Kyrgyzstan said it would shut down the base by August after securing pledges of aid and credit from Russia. Moscow has long resented the US military presence in what it sees as its sphere of influence.