Kyrgyz Prime Minister Igor Chudinov denied reports that his government is holding talks with the US on extending US access to Manas Air Base in the Central Asian Republic, April 28, 2009. Barring a new agreement, the US military would have to vacate Manas, a critical hub for supplying US forces in neighboring Afghanistan, by August 2009. Here, a C-17 transport takes off from Manas with a load of cargo destined for Afghanistan, April 18, 2009.
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