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U.S. Official Says NATO Supply Routes In Pakistan 'Fully Open'

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Pakistani paramilitary soldiers escort a convoy of trucks, carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, before crossing into Afghanistan from the Pakistan border town of Chaman. (file photo)

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers escort a convoy of trucks, carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, before crossing into Afghanistan from the Pakistan border town of Chaman. (file photo)

A U.S. official says NATO supply routes to Afghanistan remain “fully open” amid news reports that Pakistani officials are considering reviewing the country’s relationship with the United States.

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was reported killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike on November 1.

The Pakistani government reacted angrily to the attack, which it said would scuttle peace talks with the militants.

The ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province passed a resolution three days later threatening to block supply routes starting November 20 unless drone strikes stop.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on November 4 that there is "no disruption" in supply routes and that supplies "are moving."

In 2012, Pakistan closed NATO supply routes for seven months in protest at the mistaken killing of 24 Pakistani troops in a U.S. attack.
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