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Kyrgyz issues eviction notice to US

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BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN (AP) -- Kyrgyzstan has ordered U.S. forces to leave within six months from an air base key to U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan.

The move complicates plans to send more troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaida violence.

A top U.S. military official says, however, that neighboring Uzbekistan has granted permission for the transit of non-lethal cargo to Afghanistan. That would be a small victory in the U.S. hunt for new supply routes.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry says it sent a formal notification of the closure of the Manas base to the U.S. Embassy on Friday. U.S. troops now have 180 days to leave.

Kyrgyzstan complained the United States was not paying enough rent. U.S. officials suspect Russia is behind an effort to push the Americans out of Central Asia.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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