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US says flights resume at Kyrgyzstan base

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - The U.S. military says normal flights have resumed at its Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan after being halted during the country's violent political unrest.

In an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press, U.S. Central Command spokesman Maj. John Redfield said normal flights had restarted as of Friday afternoon. Flights were halted Wednesday, the same day that security forces fired on crowds of demonstrators in the nearby capital of Bishkek.

Manas is a key support center for the international military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a transit point for troops and refueling spot for warplanes.

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