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Iraq Closes Airspace Even To US Coalition Flights After Suspected Israeli Raid


Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

In what is a severely under reported but perhaps the most alarming development out of the Middle East this week, Iraq’s government has said it’s ready to down any aircraft violating its airspace amid a blanket ban on ‘unauthorized’ flights not specifically approved by the prime minister’s officeMilitary Times reported the day after Iraq closed its airspace on Thursday:

U.S. military officials in Iraq will now seek out Iraqi approval before launching any air operations, a move made a day after that nation’s prime minister announced a ban of unauthorized flights, including those involving coalition forces fighting ISIS.

Iraq Closes Airspace Even To US Coalition Flights After Suspected Israeli Raid

Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi called for an end to all “unauthorized flights” including US drones, spy planes, jets, or helicopters on Thursday. The directive demanded that all aerial vehicles comply with Iraqi law and operations must be under Iraqi government authorization.

The US Coalition on Friday issued a statement saying that it is ready to comply with the order:

The drastic Baghdad decision came after on Monday a massive blast ripped through a neighborhood in the city, which Iraqi officials believe was the result of an Israeli strike on a pro-Iranian militia ammunition depot.

The resulting fire had raged throughout the day not far from the ‘Green Zone’ and sent mortars and exploding munitions across the city, resulting in the death of at least one civilian and wounding of nearly 40 others, many of them children. The weapons base reportedly belonged to the pro-Iran Kataib Sayyid Al-Shuhada militia, and an estimated $110 million worth of munitions were wiped out.

“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”, an official Iraq government statement  said after an Iraqi National Security Council meeting this week.

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

While there’s been no official government statement out of Baghdad confirming an Israeli jet or drone was behind the attack amid an ongoing investigation, Iraqi militia commanders and military leaders were quick to name Israel, and not for the first time (prior recent ‘mystery’ explosions at Iran-backed militia bases have also been blamed on Israeli). “We believe that the US and Israel were behind these explosions,” one Shiite commander told Arab News.

Indeed even Israeli media has been source of widespread speculation that Israeli planes have been conducting raids in Iraqi airspace of late. All of this also comes as Iraq’s parliament has increasingly voiced anger and frustration at the continued US troop presence even after the Islamic State has been defeated.



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  • Toronto Tonto

    Hey pals what has gravity taken out in Russia today , Plane or ship ???? I heard the CIA put a wall in front of a bus there is that true dikweeds .

    • grumpy_carpenter

      Don’t you have a school to shoot up or something?

    • Hasbara Hunter

      They should put you in Front of a Wall & Drive a bus against it….that’ll set you free from Gravity Khazarian AshkeZioNazi Paedophile….It is True…Believe me…

      • Rob

        Don’t waste your time on such a useless, mindless moron. Just block him as I have done.

        • Hasbara Hunter

          I know but he is harassing everyone in here….so I have to Curse him until he is six feet under & his Spirit is with Satan….so that he won’t bother me Brothers anymore…in real life you can bury an axe in him….so that he will shut up…internet works a bit different…

          • FlorianGeyer

            The hasbara filth often appear when things are not going Israels way.

            A real paedo Khazar holocaust world wide would be welcomed by many I would think + all the goyim who molest children as well.

          • Rob

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          • Hasbara Hunter

            You are right…but they already lost anyway…Bunch of Masonic AngloAshkeZioNazi Losers….

    • klove and light

      fake Nation….still sucking on british cock??

      • stupid is as stupid does

        After Queen only.

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    • Bob
  • Ralph Conner

    A anti pollution ordinance. Israeli jets = air pollution.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      Should see the Geo-Engineering in Europe…. Planes Dumping tons of Aluminum in the Skies above…. Creeks filled with Aluminum…just as my Lungs…Bees Die…when Bees are gone…Mankind will leave too….

    • Rob

      The bloody terrorist Trump got answer. Trump want to become a chief pirate in international water, in aerospace and a chief thug on land.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Close Syria,Lebanon and Iran airspace also to make it difficult for USA NATO and Israel incursion and independent fly and navigation.

  • Ivanus59

    Israeli terrorists…. The only good move Iraq could have done is what they just did.

    • stupid is as stupid does

      Israeli….US…. terrorists

  • RichardD

    This is huge if it holds up. I’ve been calling for this since last year.

    It should stop US flights into Syria from Iraq, which are clear violations of Syrian sovereignty and international law. And stop US attacks on the NE from Iraqi airspace. It’s the beginning of the end of the Yinon plan Kurdish Israelistan. The next thing that the Iraqis need to do is to close their KRG border to military convoys into Syria violating Syrian sovereignty.

    This will quickly bring the Zionist Kurd traitors to the reconciliation negotiations to restore Syrian government administration in the NE. The same thing needs to be done with Jordan and Al-Tanf.

    And whose airspace was the IAF purportedly using to attack Iraq?

    • Ma_Laoshi

      It’s all about the “if”. Can de Dark Throne push the Iraqi PM Office to issue exceptions whenever the yanks want to fly. Or will they just take off, daring the Iraqis to pull the trigger. Russian pronouncements in Syria sounded just as good, and were seemingly backed up by most capable air defenses. But at the end of the day, it was the Americans who set up strict de facto no-fly zones over E Syria and al-Tanf.

      • RichardD

        The Russians are flying east of the river and so are the Syrians and Iranians. Short of dog fights NATO has no way to stop them. And if they engage them, the Russians in particular, they’re going to start losing planes. The SAF upgraded 29s with the right ordnance are also capable of taking down American fighters, just like the Vietnamese did.

  • Rob


    Can Syria, Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain can issue such order? Iraq making history. It will be praised and written everywhere in the world that Iraq has taken initial such bold step after which the US and Israeli terrorism stopped in the entire world.

  • Hasbara Hunter


    • stupid is as stupid does

      Let us wait and see how is all this going to end up…not to get carried away too much.

      They used to say in my country:
      ”When you deal with the peace of shit, either way you try to handle it, you stink afterwards always…”
      The same is dealing with US and Isra-hell…
      One always stinks afterwards…

  • klove and light

    best and most important News for the resistance in the middle east

  • Blucross

    Follow their RULES, after all it is their country.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Israel shall wake up one morning to a war of it’s own making through deep-seated arrogance.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      And their IDF-KidKillers have to Fight & Die themselves this time for a change…because it doesn’t appear to me that any Goyim Cannonfodder is ready to Fight & Die for the Elite Supremacist AshkeZioNazis this time…Let us see how Great those Neo-Bolshevik-AshkeZioNazi-Kidkillers truly are on the Battlefield… I’m very…very Curious…

  • iosongasingsing

    Israel with the Mossad organized an unclean round of world pedophilia, Epstein one of them, corrupted the elite of Western power, Trump, Clinton, Blair, Salman who for their filthy depravities have unleashed one genocide after another. The power of the Jews on the West is the power of Satan.

    • Hasbara Hunter

      Well the Mossad already finished Epstein…so he won’t sing like a birdie anymore….

      • iosongasingsing

        The Knights Templar blow up the right heads and do not confuse them with the 13 tribe Kazara.

  • Jacob Wohl

    lol what a complete joke. with what air defenses? outdated SA2 and SA3? Last time I checked Iraq didn’t have a single air defense system. They ALL got destroyed in the Gulf War and 2003 invasion :-]

    • Alberto Garza

      they have pantsir i think .

    • Bob

      IAF warplanes entered Iraq under the protection of current US aviation operational umbrella – basically, the IAF hid among the US aviation activity to then launch a surprise attack on Iraqi interests. This is hardly the stuff of courage – firstly, it is tactical ploy based on hiding presence, and hostile intent, among routine operational US military aircraft whose presence is sanctioned Iraqi authorities, and secondly, with the IAF attack completed, Israel then entirely left the US to politically carry the can for outcome, and suck up the resulting mess. Quite cowardly on the whole.

  • Pave Way IV

    SouthFront: …really?

    “…which Iraqi officials believe was the result of an Israeli strike on a pro-Iranian militia ammunition depot…”
    “…The weapons base reportedly belonged to the pro-Iran Kataib Sayyid Al-Shuhada militia…”

    You should be describing them as Iraqi Shiite PMUs – the pro-Iran part is meaningless in context and only serves as Zio fear porn.

    This is exactly the way Iranian Shia PMUs are always characterized like this in the western MSM to remind the slobbering apes consuming their news that Iraqi’s Shia militias trying to rid their country of head choppers are somehow suspect. Yet, they’re way more effective than the Iraqi Army, which was rebuilt by the US to be weak, disorganized and ineffective in many cases. In other words, never again a regional threat.As a result, they’e not much of a threat inside Iraq either. When head choppers need to be eliminated, the PMUs are the ones to get the job done. Since the Shiia were disenfranchised for so many years under Sunni Sadam, they don’t trust the capability of Iraq’s new, corrupt government. When a new group of head choppers are found moving across Anbar, the Iraqi army has meetings and power points. The PMU, on the other hand, rally their gun trucks and to on a hunt.

    Characterizing the PMUs simply as pro-Iranian is disingenuous. They’re Shia that have existed outside the Baathist System under Sadad and are more effective in tribal militias. Iran was the only one that would support them to throw out head choppers. The alternative was to join th broken, corrupt organization of the Iraqi Army and maybe chase some ISIS around, but mostly just sit in base and prepare defenses for attacks. PMUs backed by and supported by Iran were for Iraq’s benefit, not Irans.And being Shia, they’re hardly going to be anti-Iranian.

    • Ma_Laoshi

      Well spoken. Though with “Sadad”, aren’t you mixing up Uncle Saddam and Anwar Sadat?

      • Pave Way IV

        Thanks – corrected. But yes, I often mix them up. They look nearly identical in person when you’re on ‘shrooms.

  • AM Hants

    Interesting times, over in the Middle East.

    Has anybody seen this article, from ‘Moon of Alabama’? When placed, with the above, does it mean things are rapidly changing over in the Middle East, as Iran check mates the US?

    Long Range Attack On Saudi Oil Field Ends War On Yemen…

    ‘…The visit in Tehran proved that the Houthi are no longer an unrecognized, isolated movement:

    Officials from Iran, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, exchanged views about political resolution of the protracted war in the Arabian Peninsula country.
    The meeting was held at the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran on Saturday with delegations from Iran, Ansarullah and the four European countries in attendance.

    The delegates at the meeting explained their respective governments’ views on the developments in Yemen, including political and battlefield developments as well as the humanitarian situation in the country.

    The delegates stressed the need for an immediate end to the war and described political means as the ultimate solution to the crisis…’


    The article was published on 17 August and when did the UK release the Iranian Tanker, which they took hostage over in Gibraltar?

    The next thing, is will the UK still back the US, in trying to police the Straits of Hormuz or find a way to pull out? Such as engine failure in warm water, owing to UK military ships are known to suffer problems from such causes.

    • Ronald

      Good read, but on to another question, US Marines moved into Libya’s GNA city of Misurata, a couple of days ago. Any news on that.

      • AM Hants

        No. I would be the last person to know, owing to not following Libya. Hopefully, somebody else reading the comment, might be able to provide an answer.

        Interesting though, especially when you put the other pieces of the jigsaw together. Then factor for the lack of friends, certain nations have.

  • Bob

    This is prime example of how US support and tolerance for Israel’s regional actions often deeply hurts the US’ own interests. IAF aircraft can currently sneak into Iraq under protection of US umbrella, but when they do so and then engage in acts of war against Iraqi interests, accordingly the US is equally culpable for the results. The Israeli cabinet and military couldn’t care less about the costs to the US position or reputation, as the Israeli’s are only concerned with own tactical goals, and, their regional and/or domestic political appearances, and they then simply expect the US to clean up after them. With (dependent) ‘friends’ like that, who needs enemies.