The US Federal Aviation Administration on Friday banned all American airlines from flying over Iraq as a consequence of a “potentially hazardous situation.”
In the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the FAA cited the “hazardous situation created by the armed conflict” between militants related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL; additionally known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) and Iraqi safety forces and their allies. The ban applies to “all US carriers and commercial operators.”
Flights are prohibited within the Baghdad Flight Information Region till additional suggested, the FAA assertion stated.
There is an exception for emergencies: “In an emergency that requires immediate decision and action for the safety of the flight, the pilot in command of an aircraft may deviate from this NOTAM to the extent required by that emergency.”
The flight company stated they may reevaluate the prohibition by the top of the 12 months.
The ban on flights over Iraq was introduced hours after US jets bombed ISIS positions within the northern a part of the nation. Rear Admiral John Kirby stated the assault befell to assist defend Kurdish forces close to Erbil, Iraq.
Two F/A-18 plane dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a cell artillery piece close to the town of Erbil. US personnel are primarily based within the metropolis.
“The decision to strike was made by the US Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, stated.
US President Barack Obama introduced on Thursday that he had approved using drive in opposition to ISIS to assist defend Christians and Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish minority in northern Iraq.
“Today, America is coming to help,” Obama stated, noting that though the United States “cannot and should not” intervene each time there’s a disaster on this planet, it should act when harmless persons are going through violence on a horrific scale.