US military lifts ban on Afghan airline

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military says it's lifting its ban on an Afghan airline blacklisted after allegations that the carrier was being used for drug smuggling.

A military statement released late Monday says it would continue to allow Kam Air to work on U.S. military contracts while the Afghan government conducts its own investigation of the airline.

The suspension last month came after the U.S. military found evidence that opium was being smuggled on Kam Air flights. The ban rankled many in the Afghan government at a particularly sensitive time in negotiations for a long-term agreement for U.S. forces in the country.

The U.S. military says it will consider what steps should be taken after the Afghan government completes its investigation.

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