Soldiers stranded in Afghanistan

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22 October 2007, BRUSSELS – The federal ministry of defence does not have an Airbus available to bring 300 soldiers home from Afghanistan because Minister André Flahaut is using the vehicle for a pleasure trip at the moment.

22 October 2007

BRUSSELS – The federal ministry of defence does not have an Airbus available to bring 300 soldiers home from Afghanistan because Minister André Flahaut is using the vehicle for a pleasure trip at the moment.

On Thursday 300 commandos of the ISAF14 are due to be flown back to Belgium after a four-month mission. But it is not certain yet whether transport can be arranged. The aircraft needed remains in Lubumbashi, in south eastern Congo. The Airbus A310 has been grounded with two flat tyres. The defence department says that the aircraft will not be able to leave Africa until Thursday.

Defence says everything is being done to secure a loan aircraft from "friendly countries." The second Airbus owned by Defence has been grounded with engine problems for some time. The incident has angered many of the families of the Belgian soldiers. "Now they have to wait longer to come home, just because the minister wanted to make another joy ride to Africa," say the families.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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