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Baghdad asks Kurdistan airports to close as Russia targets ISIS in Syria

By Rudaw 23/11/2015

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has asked that the airports in Erbil and Sulaimani halt all flights for 48 hours, in order to protect the safety of travelers while Russian jets are targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

“We have been informed by Baghdad to halt the flights because of Russian jets attacking Daesh (ISIS) in Syria. This is for the safety of travelers,” Talar Faiyq, head of Erbil International Airport, told Rudaw late Sunday. 

She said all flights were halted for Monday and Tuesday and will not resume at least until Wednesday.


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xalaf | 23/11/2015
and that's why we should have declared independence! they can now use any excuse to shut down Kurdish airspace like they did last year
kallakk | 23/11/2015
Are they telling us that the Russians launched their cruise missiles and don't know which path they take? they fire them and cross their fingers? or maybe they're so stupid that they fire them over Sulaimany and Hawler airports? Come on! this is just a bloody excuse by the scum in Baghdad to close down our sky!
Roj | 23/11/2015
Baghdad ha no business telling the Kurds what to do with their airports. Have we ever asked Arabs to close Baghdad and Basra airports for whatever reasons? I cannot believe that Kurdish leaders are still taking orders from the Shiite militia and their Iranian backed terrorist masters! This is ridiculous!!!
Vibe | 23/11/2015
If the Kurdish leadership complies with the Shiite demand then they are a bunch of jellyfish with no backbone. This is utterly unacceptable.
Dutchman | 23/11/2015
Stop all passenger flights when Russians are in the neighbourhood. Putin and his soldiers first shoot and then look who exactly they killed. That is how they shot down MH17 with 200 Dutchman and 100 other passengers. And that is how they bomb Syria.

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