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U.S. Begins Withdrawing Military Equipment From Afghanistan

The U.S. military has started withdrawing military equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan as it prepares to pull out most of its combat troops next year.

Marcus Spade, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said on February 11 that 50 shipping containers were moved to Pakistan over the weekend.

Officials said 25 containers entered Pakistan through Torkham in the north while 25 more entered through the Chaman border crossing in the south.

Most supplies for U.S. and NATO troops passed through Pakistan during the past eleven years.

Islamabad closed the route for nearly seven months following a U.S. airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November 2011.

Pakistan will now be the key route for tens of thousands of containers for U.S. military equipment before most Western combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP