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US opens Afghan pull-out transit centre in Romania

US General-Major John O'Connor (L) and Romanian General-Major Laurian Anastasof (C) cut the ribbon during the official opening ceremony inside the new facility at Mihail Kogalniceanu military airbase on February 28, 2014Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (Romania) (AFP) – The United States on Friday officially opened a new military transit hub in Romania which will play a key role for American forces leaving Afghanistan. Major General John O’Connor, in charge of logistical support, said the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase near the Black Sea would act as a “centre of gravity” for the US draw down. “We anticipate 20 to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan to transit here in the course of 2014,” he said at the inauguration.

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