- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2005

LONDON (Agence France-Presse) — More than 300 CIA flights have landed at European airports, a British newspaper said in today’s editions, adding a new element to assertions that Washington has been transporting terror suspects to secret prisons in Europe.

The Guardian daily said it had seen flight logs documenting the flights by 26 planes operated by the U.S. agency.

The information showed an “unprecedented” amount of travel by the agency but did not reveal which planes took part in suspected prison transfers, it said.

The CIA has been accused in reports of using European countries for the transport, illegal detention and torture of Islamic terror suspects in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The United States yesterday promised a timely and forthright reply to a European Union letter demanding answers to the assertions.

The Guardian said the flight logs revealed that the CIA visited Germany 96 times and Britain 80 times, although when charter flights were added this figure rose to more than 200.

France was only visited twice and Austria not at all, the newspaper said.

The logs also showed regular trips to Eastern Europe, including 15 stops in Prague.

“Only one visit is recorded to the Szymany airbase in north-east Poland, which has been identified as the alleged site of a secret CIA jail,” the Guardian reported.

Poland and Romania have denied hosting CIA prisons.

The Guardian said the flight logs were obtained from Federal Aviation Administration data and sources in the aviation industry.

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