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[08.05.23] Coalition Airbase Being Expanded in Kyrgyzstan

The anti-terrorist coalition airbase in Kyrgyzstan will be expanded.
Representatives of the airbase, which is stationed at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, and the Kyrgyz defense ministry have signed an agreement on renting an extra lot of land, the airbase's press service told Interfax.
"The Kyrgyz defense ministry will lease approximately 300 hectares of land several kilometers away from Manas Airport to the airbase under this agreement," the press service said.
"Personnel and machinery will be moved from the tent camp to this lot. The land currently housing the tent camp will be either returned to the airport or used for the deployment of the airbase machinery and equipment," the press service remarked.
Leasing this extra lot will improve the living conditions and security of the servicemen, the airbase administration believes.
The anti-terrorist coalition airbase was deployed on the premises of Manas International Airport in December 2001. Servicemen from six countries, namely the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Italy and South Korea, are stationed at the base. The total strength of the contingent is approximately 1,500. The base has about 30 warplanes.
Interfax, May 08, 2003

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