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  Kyrgyz president approves U.S. base closure
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Feb 20, 2009 01:17pm
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News DateFriday, February 20, 2009 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's president signed a bill Friday to close a key U.S. air base used as a staging post for military operations in Afghanistan, a step that could impede American plans to send more troops to the Afghan war.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev's signing of the legislation was the final step before authorities issue an eviction notice, which will give the United States 180 days to vacate the Manas air base, a transit point for 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo each month to and from Afghanistan.
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