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Mission not threatened by supply routes

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Amid growing concerns over supply routes into Afghanistan, the head of U.S. Transportation Command said convoys through Pakistan won't put operations at risk.

The escalating Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan has captured the international spotlight concerning the seriousness of the conflict along the country's border with Pakistan. President Barack Obama's plan to send 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan has highlighted the concerns over threats to supply routes through Pakistan.

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Gen. Duncan McNabb, commander of Transcom, said recently that while supply convoys through Pakistan have increasingly come under attack from the Taliban and other militants, U.S. military operations in Afghanistan will not be threatened.

"My job … is to make sure we get supplies through regardless of the attacks because you don't want to make this a vulnerability," McNabb said in a statement.

"And I, quite frankly, I don't think it is. We have lots of options to get the equipment (troops) need in."

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