The ongoing inability of the United States and Pakistan to reach an agreement on the conduct of the war in Afghanistan, and, particularly in tribal regions of the northwest, was dealt a blow when the Pakistan government closed an important supply route to the west. A Pakistani decision temporarily bars trucks from delivering supplies through a critical supply route will hinder US and NATO troops from receiving supplies while they fight in the eastern mountains of Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces have been harassing supply trucks and last Monday they captured an entire convoy and took all the supplies.
Dozens of trucks and oil tankers are currently parked by the side of a road in Pakistan while officials try to sort out how to resolve this problem. There apparently is need for better military protection for supply trucks. But, the military is stretched rather thin.