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07 Jan 2020 | 11:40 AM UTC

Egypt: EgyptAir suspends flights to Baghdad January 8-10

EgyptAir temporarily suspends flights to Baghdad January 8-10; confirm flight reservations

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Event

EgyptAir announced that flights to Baghdad (Iraq) would be suspended from Wednesday, January 8, through Friday, January 10, due to the security situation in Baghdad and at Baghdad International Airport (BGW). Further flight cancelations are possible over the near term.

Context

The US Department of Defense released a statement on January 3, claiming responsibility for an airstrike targeting Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, near Baghdad International Airport (BGW). According to the statement, Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), was also killed in the strike along with six other individuals.

Advice

Individuals flying via EgyptAir are advised to monitor the situation and confirm flight reservations.