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Iraq: Baghdad opens air corridor for Russian air force ops against IS01:27

Iraq: Baghdad opens air corridor for Russian air force ops against IS

Iraq, Baghdad
August 16, 2016 at 21:13 GMT -00:00 · Published

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi announced that the Russian air force had been given the green light to use Iraqi airspace for their airstrikes on positions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, adding that the decision comes with a few conditions. Abadi made the announcement from Baghdad on Tuesday.

Al-Abadi said that the Russian bombers were allowed to use Iraqi airspace en route to Syria, but they were prohibited from flying over Iraqi cities. The Iraqi leader also said that the Iraqi government had to be informed beforehand of the jets' planned route and altitude during their missions.

Baghdad's permission comes following Russia's first airstrikes against IS in Syria launched from Iran’s Hamadan Air Base, earlier Tuesday. Russian bombers need to overpass Iraq in order to reach targets in Syria.

"We don’t want to interfere into Syrian issues, but IS kills Iraqi citizens, it captured Iraqi cities, when it came from Syria to Iraq. IS is our enemy. It is present both in Syria and Iraq. We also gave this permission when we allowed the international coalition a year ago to fly over the borderline with Kuwait, Jordan and Syria, but not over Iraqi cities. This permission was given to allow military actions against IS in Syria," concluded al-Abadi.

Iraq: Baghdad opens air corridor for Russian air force ops against IS01:27
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Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi announced that the Russian air force had been given the green light to use Iraqi airspace for their airstrikes on positions of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, adding that the decision comes with a few conditions. Abadi made the announcement from Baghdad on Tuesday.

Al-Abadi said that the Russian bombers were allowed to use Iraqi airspace en route to Syria, but they were prohibited from flying over Iraqi cities. The Iraqi leader also said that the Iraqi government had to be informed beforehand of the jets' planned route and altitude during their missions.

Baghdad's permission comes following Russia's first airstrikes against IS in Syria launched from Iran’s Hamadan Air Base, earlier Tuesday. Russian bombers need to overpass Iraq in order to reach targets in Syria.

"We don’t want to interfere into Syrian issues, but IS kills Iraqi citizens, it captured Iraqi cities, when it came from Syria to Iraq. IS is our enemy. It is present both in Syria and Iraq. We also gave this permission when we allowed the international coalition a year ago to fly over the borderline with Kuwait, Jordan and Syria, but not over Iraqi cities. This permission was given to allow military actions against IS in Syria," concluded al-Abadi.

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