US base in Uzbekistan?
The US may open a military base in Uzbekistan:
The United States would consider using Uzbekistan for temporary military bases, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday during a visit to this Central Asian country, where there is growing pressure to end human rights abuses.
The Pentagon is considering moving bases from Western Europe as part of a global realignment of troops. Rumsfeld said there were no plans to establish permanent bases in Uzbekistan, but he suggested that "expeditionary bases" — temporary sites for use by U.S. and allied troops — might someday be situated there.
"We have been discussing with various friends and allies the issue of operating sites … a place where the United States and coalition countries periodically and intermittently have access and support," Rumsfeld said, singling out Uzbekistan as a "wonderful" ally in the administration's war and reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. "What's important to us is to arrange [it] in a way and in places that are hospitable, where we have the possibility of using these facilities."