File - Iraqis sit at a coffee shop in the northern city of Arbil on June 20, 2013.AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED
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Lebanese companies and Middle East Airlines are continuing to operate in Iraq's Irbil as other foreign firms evacuate and international carriers cancel flights to the city over mounting security fears due to an offensive by Islamist militants.There are more than 50 Lebanese companies operating in Irbil and some parts of Kurdistan, mostly in the hospitality sector, trade and construction. Sarraf said all of them were still operating despite the war. Middle East Airlines said it was still making daily trips to Irbil despite news that some international airlines had suspended all flights to Kurdistan.
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