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    Camp Stronghold Freedom

    Is the name of the large airbase that the US has in Uzbekistan, a country rule by a murderous Saddam-like despot who just had his army gun down 700 protestors on the streets.

    The name is just too ironic.

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    Business as usual for the American military in Uzbekistan.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-5-2005_pg4_19

    US troops in Uzbekistan don’t feel threatened

    KARSHI-KHANABAD AIR BASE: Troops at the isolated US air base in southern Uzbekistan said their operations hadn’t been threatened by recent violence in the country’s east, and praised their Uzbek counterparts for providing security for them. The unrest, in which government troops fired on protesters just over a week ago in the eastern town of in Andijan, “hasn’t had any effect on us, really,” said US Air Force Col Thomas Moore, in charge of flight operations at the Karshi-Khanabad air base. “I can’t answer for the army side, but I can tell you that operations here on the air side have continued pretty much as normal,” Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. The US base, also called K2, was established to support the war in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. It is the first American deployment in the former Soviet Union. The base has caused a tense undercurrent in the US-Russian relationship and awakened concerns in China, which also considers Central Asia a vital area of interest. It is also the greatest symbol of Uzbekistan’s alliance with the United States in the anti-terrorism struggle - a relationship that put Washington in an uncomfortable position following the government’s violent May 13 crackdown in Andijan.

    The US response to the crackdown was cautious at first, but after Britain and non-governmental organisations assailed the Uzbek government, Washington joined in the criticism and urged the government to allow an independent investigation. In a sign of concern about the violence, Gen. John Abizaid, head of US Central Command, said last week that the US military had scaled back its operations at the base. Four bulky C-130 military cargo planes sat on the tarmac Saturday, while two other planes took off for a mission. The planes move cargo to and from Afghanistan, said Moore, who was deployed to K2 from Savannah, Georgia.

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      Re: Camp Stronghold Freedom

      I guess Camp Stronghold Freedom is still very much in business?

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