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09 Jan 2020 | 11:41 AM UTC

Egypt: EgyptAir to resume flights to Baghdad January 11 /update 1

EgyptAir announces that flights to Baghdad will resume January 11; confirm flight reservations

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Event

Officials announced that all EgyptAir flights to Baghdad will resume on Saturday, January 11. Service was briefly suspended on January 8, amid concerns about 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.