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The Defense Agency on Thursday started airlifting supplies for U.S.-led forces fighting in Afghanistan, according to agency Vice Minister Ken Sato.

An Air Self-Defense Force C-130 cargo plane, usually stationed at Komaki Base in Aichi Prefecture, airlifted supplies — mainly winter clothes for U.S. service personnel, according to agency officials. Although the agency declined to disclose where the cargo plane flew from and to, sources said the airlift was conducted between Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo and Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture.

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