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German Airline Criticized for Kabul Flights

German airline LTU became the first western carrier to resume non-stop flights to Afghanistan in August. But a German pilots’ group says the flights are reckless because the planes are exposed to shoulder-fired missiles. LTU’s once-weekly flight from Düsseldorf to Kabul takes six hours and has been welcomed by Germany’s 300,000-strong Afghan community. But the airline has come under scrutiny from pilots’ association Cockpit, which has described the flight as irresponsible and unsafe because the company’s have no protection against shoulder-fired missiles known to be in the hands of Taliban fighters and al Qaeda in the region. Full Story

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