This file photo taken on November 23, 2015 shows the entrance of Arbil International Airport, in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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International flights to and from Iraq's Kurdistan region were set to end from 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Friday, after the central government imposed a ban in retaliation for the region's vote for independence.Almost all foreign airlines suspended flights to the airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniya, in compliance with a notice from the government in Baghdad, which has control over the country's airspace.Lufthansa and Austrian were the only carriers to have kept at least one flight still scheduled after the deadline.
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