Most Afghan road bombs fueled by Pakistani fertilizer 

click to enlarge A single Pakistani company produces the fertilizer used in 80 percent of homemade bombs in Afghanistan. (AP file photo) - A SINGLE PAKISTANI COMPANY PRODUCES THE FERTILIZER USED IN 80 PERCENT OF HOMEMADE BOMBS IN AFGHANISTAN. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • A single Pakistani company produces the fertilizer used in 80 percent of homemade bombs in Afghanistan. (AP file photo)
  • A single Pakistani company produces the fertilizer used in 80 percent of homemade bombs in Afghanistan. (AP file photo)

WHAT: The main ingredient in some 80 percent of the homemade bombs that have killed hundreds of American troops in Afghanistan is calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizer produced by a single company in neighboring Pakistan.

HOW: Enough ammonium nitrate fertilizer for at least 140,000 bombs was legally produced last year by the Pakarab Fertilizers corporation, then smuggled by militants and their suppliers across the porous border into southern and eastern Afghanistan.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: Pakistan expresses some willingness to regulate the fertilizer, which insurgents also use in bombs that kill thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians. But U.S. officials have been in unsuccessful talks for 18 months.

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