The government of Iraq has closed its airspace for the US coalition and said that it’s now ready to down any aircraft violating its airspace amid a blanket ban on ‘unauthorized’ flights.
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 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 freedom fighters, and an estimated $110 million worth of munitions were wiped out.
The Israeli media has been source of widespread speculation that Israeli planes have been conducting raids in Iraqi airspace lately.
All of this also comes as Iraq’s parliament has increasingly voiced anger and frustration at the continued US troop presence even after ISIS has been defeated.
Sott.net / ABC Flash Point News 2019.