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Main supply route

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A Hungarian Army truck on an MSR crossing the Sava river at Slavonski Brod, Croatia.
The infamous Route Diamond MSR, routing UNHCR aid into central Bosnia in the winter of 1993.

A main supply route (MSR)[1] is the route or routes designated within an area of operations upon which the bulk of traffic flows in support of military operations[2] and humanitarian operations.[3][4] MSR is a term that is also used in insurgency and irregular war scenarios.[5]

Because of the intense and predictable flow of constrained military traffic MSRs can often become targets for opposing forces, as was the case with the Airport Road in Baghdad, a short but dangerous route.[6]

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  1. ^ "MOD Acronym List, p 258" (PDF). Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ Australian Defence Force (1994). ADFP 101 Glossary. Staff Duties Series. Canberra: Defence Publishing Service.
  3. ^ Underwood, James R.; Guth, Peter L. (1998). Military Geology in War and Peace. Geological Society of America. pp. 214–215. ISBN 9780813741130.
  4. ^ Shrader, Charles R. (2003). The Muslim-Croat Civil War in Central Bosnia: A Military History, 1992-1994. Texas A&M University Press. p. 19. ISBN 9781585442614. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Syrian rebels defeat Isis to capture main supply route to Turkey". The Independent. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ Burns, John F. (29 May 2005). "On Way to Baghdad Airport, Death Stalks Main Road". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 July 2017.