US says it followed rules routing bombs to Israel through UK Holly Manges Jones at 12:29 PM ET
[JURIST] US officials Thursday denied that the US had violated British air transport safety regulations in routing "smart bombs" to Israel [JURIST news archive] through the UK, despite concerns expressed by UK Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett [official profile] earlier this week that procedures for handling the dangerous cargo were not followed. Beckett said Wednesday that a formal complaint would be made to the US if it was confirmed that any rules were broken, but British officials said they are still investigating the situation and US Department of Defense [official website] spokesman Joe Carpenter said all protocols were properly followed by the US and that the flights "comply with existing bilateral agreements."
8:21 PM ET - British media reported late Thursday that Blair had approved the transit flights, and that apparently two more have been confirmed for the next two weeks. From London, the Daily Mail has more.
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