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Baghdad Says it Will Down Any Vehicle Violating Iraqi Airspace After Depot Blast

Sputnik – August 16, 2019

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Mahdi, following a mysterious blast that hit a munitions depot in Baghdad, has ordered the air defences to immediately bring down any aerial vehicle that will violate the country’s airspace, the government’s press service said on Thursday.

The decision came after a blast hit the ammo depot in the Iraqi capital on Monday, leaving one civilian killed and dozens injured.

Though the causes of the explosion remain unknown, the incident has given rise to a number of theories, including that Israel might have been allegedly behind the airstrike on the depot belonging to the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces.

“The prime minister ordered to revoke all special flight permits in Iraqi airspace for reconnaissance aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft with weapons, fighters, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles of all kinds available to the Iraqi and non-Iraqi sides”, the press service said following the Iraqi National Security Council meeting.

The council also ruled that flight permits would now be issued exclusively by the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, i.e. Mahdi, or officials authorized by him.

“All authorities are required to comply with this order. Any flights that violate this regulation will be considered an aggression, which our air defence will immediately respond to”, the statement added.

It is noteworthy that the decision also comes amid the Turkish Air Force’s regular raids against the Kurdistan Workers Party’s positions in Iraq, which the latter has repeatedly slammed as an assault on its sovereignty.

August 16, 2019 - Posted by | War Crimes | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Let’s see if the Zioterrormonster adheres to the revocation order. I’m not betting….

    (The initial time the monster did this to Iraq was long ago: Osirak, 1981. Even Reagan objected strongly to the brazen attack on another’s sovereign territory. Thus, the monster’s m/o was established at least back to 1981….)

    (Hmmm: Turkey–a wild card? I think Turkey and Iran are approaching an accommodation in relations…I fervently hope this Iraqi development won’t become a pretext for Turkey and the monster — each for its own dishonorable reasons — to find some common ground….)

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 16, 2019 | Reply

  2. The Iragi government is now our ally. We must have satellite data that could find out where the attack came from.

    Comment by GGH | August 16, 2019 | Reply

  3. The US radar and satellite surveillance should be able to solve this quickly.

    Comment by GGH | August 16, 2019 | Reply

    • But, GGH, does it (the “US radar and satellite surveillance”) WANT to solve this quickly? My take is — specifically if the Ziomonster shows up as the perpetrator — Hell No. There are “allies,” and then there are “(an) entangled ally”….

      Comment by roberthstiver | August 16, 2019 | Reply


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