Pakistan protests may make US fly war cargo out

By By LOLITA C. BALDOR and REBECCA SANTANA

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are already frustrated that hundreds of military shipments heading out of Afghanistan have been stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests. Now they face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion.

More than a week has passed since Pakistani officials promised Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that they would take "immediate action" to resolve the problem. Yet dozens of protesters are still gathering on the busy overland route in Pakistan, posing a security threat to convoys carrying U.S. military equipment out of the war zone before combat ends a year from now.

U.S. officials say they have seen no effort by the Pakistanis to stop the protests.

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