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Reports: US Starts Pulling Gear Out of Afghanistan

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A Pakistani policeman guards a road used by NATO trucks Monday. The U.S. will use the road to start pulling military equipment out of Afghanistan. Associated Press Photo

The massive material withdrawal from Afghanistan began Monday when almost 50 containers of weapons and equipment began leaving via Pakistani supply routes, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The departure began the day after U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford took charge of the NATO forces in the region from USMC General John Allen.

“Washington and Islamabad reached an agreement to reopen the critical supply lines last year, ending a stalemate that had hindered previous U.S. and NATO efforts to resupply American and coalition forces still fighting in Afghanistan,” wrote Carlo Muñoz on The Hill’s Defcon Hill blog on Monday.

The withdrawal also comes a Monday Government Accountability Office report that said the Department of Defense faces, “unprecedented logistical challenge. Removing equipment from Afghanistan requires transiting routes with physical and geopolitical challenges.