NATO Supplies Disrupted by Pakistan Flooding

US Military Vehicles Stuck in Traffic

As the Obama Administration continues to escalate the war in Afghanistan, the problem of trying to supply massive amounts of materiel to the landlocked nation is only growing. Though some ground transportation is possible through Russia, this has been expensive and slow. By far the preferred route has been through Pakistan.

Supplying Afghanistan through Pakistan has been a problem all along, as the Khyber Pass between the two nations is a chokepoint and the site of almost constant attacks, with NATO transports being torched in and around Peshawar fairly regularly.

But now they have a second problem as the massive flooding in Pakistan has shut down a number of highways and created traffic jams in most of the major cities. Truckloads of US military vehicles are, quite literally, stuck in traffic.

With many roads washed away and highways under water, many Pakistani cities need supplies airlifted to them regularly. Pushing supplies to the endless war in Afghanistan, even where possible, will doubtless be seen as a low priority considering the humanitarian disaster across the nation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.