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100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul airport

#1
100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul airport
Saturday, April 03, 2010
COPENHAGEN: Some 100 Danish soldiers due to fly home from Afghanistan this week for the Easter holidays have become stranded in Kabul after an undisclosed country revoked Denmark’s over-flight rights, the military said on Friday.

“At the moment we are working very hard day and night to find a solution to bring the troops home,” said Niels Brandt, a spokesman for the Danish International Logistic Centre (DANILOG) under the Danish military.

“We are currently looking for a commercial airline that could rent us a plane and that has a route out of Afghanistan,” he told AFP.

Around 100 of the approximately 750 Danish soldiers deployed in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province had been scheduled to fly home Thursday for a nearly three-week holiday.

But they became stranded in Kabul after the country suddenly revoked over-flight rights needed for the route to Denmark, Brandt said, refusing to reveal which nation was blocking the flight.

“I can not release the name of the country ... as that could harm the diplomatic process that has also been launched,” he said.
http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=232392
 
#3
Right, so the US and UK dismantle Iraq and that's fine but a few cartoons in a newspaper and suddenly the Danes are on the Ummah's shit list? Presumably Karimov has already withdrawn his stash from Swiss banks in protest at the Minaret ban..
 
#6
The Uzbeks ARE a joke...

Anyway - why can they not be "signed on" to another nation's ORBAT and flow home by their "new" paymasters?

EDIT - Just read the report from Taiwan... Good drills if true... C_P
 
#13
mistersoft said:
Latest update on the 100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul:

They're still there.
Of course, the idea of flying around Uzbekistan is too difficult to reach, isn't it?

Oh, hang on a moment, maybe that option's not available because other countries have a blanket ban on overflight, transit, landing etc.
 
#15
mistersoft said:
Latest update on the 100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul:

They're still there.
Actually, tps now in Manas courtesy of USAF. Next stop Leipzig - again courtesy of USAF then onwards to DK. First arrival DK scheduled @ 0640/05April
 
#16
whitecity said:
mistersoft said:
Latest update on the 100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul:

They're still there.
Actually, tps now in Manas courtesy of USAF. Next stop Leipzig - again courtesy of USAF then onwards to DK. First arrival DK scheduled @ 0640/05April
Good. Nice of the yanks to step in. :)
 
#17
mistersoft said:
whitecity said:
mistersoft said:
Latest update on the 100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul:

They're still there.
Actually, tps now in Manas courtesy of USAF. Next stop Leipzig - again courtesy of USAF then onwards to DK. First arrival DK scheduled @ 0640/05April
Good. Nice of the yanks to step in. :)
Rumours circulating that DanAF a/c went tech. USAF offered to assist but were unable to get o/flight clearance for changed aircraft (mil mov not as simple as civ mov) due public holiday yesterday in Uzbekistan and Uzbek displeasure with the US generally.
 
#18
whitecity said:
mistersoft said:
whitecity said:
mistersoft said:
Latest update on the 100 Danish soldiers stuck at Kabul:

They're still there.
Actually, tps now in Manas courtesy of USAF. Next stop Leipzig - again courtesy of USAF then onwards to DK. First arrival DK scheduled @ 0640/05April
Good. Nice of the yanks to step in. :)
Rumours circulating that DanAF a/c went tech. USAF offered to assist but were unable to get o/flight clearance for changed aircraft (mil mov not as simple as civ mov) due public holiday yesterday in Uzbekistan and Uzbek displeasure with the US generally.
Thanks for that. At least you're hearing the rumours, I had to go to a Taiwanese online newspaper for my 'info' (such that it was). Are Taiwanese online newspapers trustworthy and/or truthful or even accurate? That's probably best left for another thread. :)
 
#19
mistersoft said:
Thanks for that. At least you're hearing the rumours, I had to go to a Taiwanese online newspaper for my 'info' (such that it was). Are Taiwanese online newspapers trustworthy and/or truthful or even accurate? That's probably best left for another thread. :)
Rumour mill now updating that it was civi charter (MD-80 type) that went tech not DanAF itself. Rumour mill also suggesting original flight didn't overfly Uzbekistan and Uzbekistan has little, if anything, to do with it at all. There is some indication, however, that they did block a surprise request from the USAF that was always going to be rejected.
 
#20
Let this be another example of wastage in defence.

How much time and effort was put into generating the works ticket for the outrage bus on yet another false alarm?

Thank fcuk the internet wasn't available during the days of BAOR! All it needed was Ivan to fart and we'd be off over the IGBL on WW3.
 

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