Afghanistan warns Iran fuel ban could spark crisis

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 4, 2011 17:28




KABUL, Afghanistan — Iran's decision to stop up to 2,500 fuel trucks at its border with Afghanistan is tantamount to an "embargo," an Afghan commerce official said Tuesday, as others warned the move could leave millions of Afghans shivering as winter rolls in.

The unofficial ban, now in its second week, has pushed up wholesale domestic fuel prices as much as 70 percent. The shortage of fuel also threatens to stop trucks loaded with commercial goods from reaching the capital along a key southern transport route.


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