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In Pakistan, NATO Truckers Await Green Light

With Pakistan and the United States seemingly on the verge of an agreement to reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan, haulers and their cargo were poised to restart the flow of fuel and other items that was interrupted more than five months ago. The NATO supply lines have long been a target for insurgents, with numerous attacks destroying countless trucks and costing lives.

Men walk past fuel tankers, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, parked near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
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Men walk past fuel tankers, used to transport fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, parked near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

A man cleans a fuel tanker parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16, the day the Pakistani cabinet backed an agreement on reopening the supply route.
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A man cleans a fuel tanker parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16, the day the Pakistani cabinet backed an agreement on reopening the supply route.

Tanker trucks parked near oil terminals in Karachi on May 15.
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Tanker trucks parked near oil terminals in Karachi on May 15.

Laborers clean a tanker truck in Karachi ready to transport NATO goods on May 15.
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Laborers clean a tanker truck in Karachi ready to transport NATO goods on May 15.

NATO supply tankers gathered near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in 2011.
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NATO supply tankers gathered near oil terminals in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in 2011.

Fuel tankers are parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16.
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Fuel tankers are parked at a compound in Karachi on May 16.

Pakistan residents stand near fuel trucks that were set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in December.
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Pakistan residents stand near fuel trucks that were set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in December.

Trucks block a highway that links the Pakistani city of Quetta with Kandahar, in Afghanistan.
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Trucks block a highway that links the Pakistani city of Quetta with Kandahar, in Afghanistan.

Delays in November, with NATO-Pakistani relations in crisis over the death of 24 Pakistani troops in a NATO air strike earlier in the month.
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Delays in November, with NATO-Pakistani relations in crisis over the death of 24 Pakistani troops in a NATO air strike earlier in the month.

Men remove logs near the site of burning oil tankers that were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan after they were attacked on the outskirts of Quetta in October 2010.
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Men remove logs near the site of burning oil tankers that were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan after they were attacked on the outskirts of Quetta in October 2010.

A local watches fuel tankers burn from a median along the GT road in Nowshera, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in October 2010.
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A local watches fuel tankers burn from a median along the GT road in Nowshera, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in October 2010.

Pakistani paramilitary troops stand guard as trucks carrying NATO supplies await clearance in Chaman in 2009.
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Pakistani paramilitary troops stand guard as trucks carrying NATO supplies await clearance in Chaman in 2009.

A boy watches a plume of smoke rising from fuel trucks after they were attacked by unidentified gunmen on a highway near Shikarpur, Pakistan in 2011.
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A boy watches a plume of smoke rising from fuel trucks after they were attacked by unidentified gunmen on a highway near Shikarpur, Pakistan in 2011.

Pakistani trucks carrying NATO supplies to Afghanistan await clearance at Chaman on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in 2009.
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Pakistani trucks carrying NATO supplies to Afghanistan await clearance at Chaman on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in 2009.

Residents stand near fuel trucks set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in Pakistan in December.
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Residents stand near fuel trucks set ablaze in the Bolan district of Balochistan Province in Pakistan in December.

Smoke rises past residents standing on the wall of a truck terminal where NATO fuel tankers were set ablaze in Quetta in December.
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Smoke rises past residents standing on the wall of a truck terminal where NATO fuel tankers were set ablaze in Quetta in December.

Firefighters try to extinguish burning NATO supply trucks carrying military vehicles and oil after militants attack on the outskirts of Islamabad in June 2010.
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Firefighters try to extinguish burning NATO supply trucks carrying military vehicles and oil after militants attack on the outskirts of Islamabad in June 2010.

Truck drivers wait after security forces stopped NATO supply trucks in Quetta and Chaman after a NATO raid on a checkpoint in Mahmand in late November.
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Truck drivers wait after security forces stopped NATO supply trucks in Quetta and Chaman after a NATO raid on a checkpoint in Mahmand in late November.

Trucks halted by Pakistani authorities near the border with Afghanistan in late November.
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Trucks halted by Pakistani authorities near the border with Afghanistan in late November.

Trucks carrying the supplies for NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan await clearance at the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in Chaman in September 2009.
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Trucks carrying the supplies for NATO forces in southwestern Afghanistan await clearance at the Pakistani border with Afghanistan in Chaman in September 2009.

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