UNITED STATES: ‘ US Military Air-Craft Flight Afghanistan to Dubai Forced to Land in Iran ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 08 – A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan to Dubai landed in Iran because of a misunderstanding over a flight plan, two U.S. officials confirmed Friday and USA today reported with AP media sources

The plane was allowed to depart after spending several hours on the ground in southern Iran. The State Department later confirmed that it had landed in Dubai.

“We appreciate the efforts of all parties to help the passengers get safely to their destination,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. She described the problem as a “bureaucratic issue” with the plane’s flight plan.

The flight was carrying about 100 passengers, most of them U.S. government contractors, and originated in Bagram, a large military air base in Afghanistan. There were no U.S. service personnel on board.

The aircraft was operated by Fly Dubai, a commercial airline based in the United Arab Emirates.

The officials said the Iranians asked the pilot to turn around. The pilot, worried that the aircraft didn’t have enough fuel to return to Bagram, was given an option to land instead at an airport in southern Iran, Bandar Abbas.

The officials said the pilot was flying an established flight plan through Iranian airspace, but the flight had been delayed by several hours in Bagram. As a result, the Iranians had not expected them at the time they were flying through their airspace.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department Under Hilary Clinton

The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

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The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file. It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect its interests, and, in tum, those of taxpayers.”

In the memo, the IG detailed “repeated examples of poor contract file administration.” For instance, a recent investigation of the closeout process for contracts supporting the mission in Iraq, showed that auditors couldn’t find 33 of the 115 contract files totaling about $2.1 billion. Of the remaining 82 files, auditors said 48 contained insufficient documents required by federal law.

In another instance, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement issued a $1 billion contract in Afghanistan that was deemed “incomplete.”

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The auditor recommended that the State Department establish a centralized system to track, maintain and retain contract files.

The department responded and said it concurred with the recommendations to address the “vulnerability” in its contracting process.

Before Linick took office last fall, the State Department had been without an inspector general position for five years—the longest IG vacancy in the government’s history, as noted in The Washington Post.

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