Middle East

FAA bans US civilian flights over Iraq

Delta Airlines planes sit at Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City July 22, 2014. (AFP/Eric Thayer)

WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration banned all U.S. civilian flights over Iraq Friday, just hours after airstrikes order by Washington on Islamist fighters.

In a Notice to Airmen, the FAA cited "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" between Islamic State militants and Iraqi security forces "and their allies" as the reason for the indefinite ban.





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