Uzbekistan

NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports from Tashkent about the military alliance between Uzbekistan and the United States. The alliance allows U.S. aircraft to use an Uzbek airbase for launching bombing strikes into Afghanistan, a hundred miles away. Over the years, Washington has criticized Uzbekistan's authoritarian government for human rights abuses and failure to make economic reforms. Silencing that criticism and providing economic assistance seem to be the price the U.S. is paying for the alliance.

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