A new tax dispute over fuel supplies at a strategically important air base in Kyrgyzstan is looming. US diplomats are concerned that potential wrangling could impede the war effort in Afghanistan.

The taxation issue arose again on January 14, when Kyrgyz government representatives presented US officials and executives of the Pentagon’s fuel contractor at the Manas Transit Center, Mina Corp, with a curious proposal: Pay $55 per ton of fuel in excise tax, or else volunteer

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