Karshi-Khanabad is an airbase in south-eastern Uzbekistan at Coord|38|49|48|N|65|55|12|E|type:airport. Karshi-Khanabad was leased by the government of Uzbekistan to the United States. The U.S. has used the base, also known as K2 and "Stronghold Freedom", since 2001 to support missions against al-Qaeda in neighboring Afghanistan. On July 29, 2005, amid strained relations caused by the May 2005 unrest in Uzbekistan, the U.S. was told to vacate the base within six months.

It was vacated by the United States in November 2005.

ee also

* Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan
* New Great Game

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4731411.stm BBC News] : US asked to leave Uzbek airbase.
* [http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/2804/k2satphotoannotated89text3zl.jpgSatellite photo with annotations]
* [http://img469.imageshack.us/img469/8168/k2satphotolegendredtext6xg.pngExplanation of annotations]
* [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/22/content_3816163.htm US military base closed in Uzbekistan] ("Xinhua"; November 22nd, 2005)
* [http://www.newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/11/21/68151.html US military withdraw from Uzbek air base] ("Pravda"; November 21st, 2005)
* [http://en.rian.ru/world/20051121/42166025.html Ceremony to close US military base held in Uzbekistan] ("RIA Novosti"; November 21st, 2005)
* [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/88DF4960-6AFE-4F9E-B9EA-F81975F091CC.htm US vacates Uzbekistan military base] ("Aljazeera"; November 22nd, 2005)
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4457844.stm Last US plane leaves Uzbek base] ("BBC"; November 21st, 2005)

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