KHYBER PASS, PAKISTAN — Container trucks and oil tankers bound for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan resumed deliveries through the Khyber Pass today under armed escort.
Militant attacks on convoys with little or no security detail had prompted Pakistan to block the crucial supply route temporarily.
The travel ban in northwest Pakistan, confirmed Sunday, was intended to allow for a review of security in the pass. The truck convoys carry food, fuel and other supplies into Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are behind much of the escalating violence along the lengthy, porous Afghan-Pakistan border.
On Nov. 10 near the Khyber Pass, dozens of suspected Taliban militants hijacked several trucks whose load included Humvees heading to U.S.-led coalition troops.
U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials in Afghanistan have sought to downplay threats to the convoys coming through Pakistan, but NATO has said it is close to striking pacts with Central Asian countries that would let it transport "nonlethal" supplies from north of Afghanistan.