US military looks to cut cost of Afghanistan pullout
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pentagon officials are holding talks in Afghanistan on the withdrawal of United States (US) military equipment from the country, officials said on Friday, as Washington hopes to lower the cost of the massive operation.
American forces are having to fly out large amounts of gear at great expense but defence officials would like to move more vehicles and equipment over cheaper land routes through Pakistan, officials said.
With the US military's drawdown underway and set to finish by the end of 2014, about 20 per cent of the cargo is currently being withdrawn through the overland route across the Pakistan border.
But officials say they would prefer to have 60 per cent of all material move over land instead of by air.