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How Ukraine Spillover Could Complicate the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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The Diplomat, 6 March 2014

"Sometimes timing in international politics can bereally bad – at least this is what those dealing with the Afghan withdrawal plans at the Pentagon must be feeling at this point", with the Crimean crisis building up, writes the author. "In the event that the United States and Europe decide to severely punish Russia for its actions in Crimea, Putin won’t be hesitant to play his hand by shutting down U.S. and NATO use of the [Northern Distribution] network’s Russian component – effectively rendering it useless".

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