Leaving Afghanistan by 2015 requires shipping a container every seven minutes

By Esther Zuckerman

July 20, 2012

How could NATO get supplies out of Afghanistan in time for the drawdown? A shipping container worth of gear sent every seven minutes, all day, every day. 

Writing in Foreign PolicyVanda Felbab-Brown explains that, according to NATO officials, in order to remove International Security Assistance Force military equipment from Afghanistan by the end of 2014: "a container would have to leave the country every seven minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting now." 

Felbab-Brown's report brings up an interesting point, pairing that oft-asked question of how soon should the U.S. leave with how soon can the U.S. leave. Getting everything they want out of there will not be easy or quick. According to Felbab-Brown, about 100,000 containers and 50,000 wheeled vehicles need to go. 

Read the entire story at The Atlantic Wire.


By Esther Zuckerman

July 20, 2012

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