Several major airlines said on Wednesday they were re-routing flights to avoid airspace over Iraq and Iran after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. carriers from the area following an Iranian missile attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Reuters reports.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from its territory at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel early on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
The FAA said it issued the airspace ban, which also includes the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia, “due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the Middle East, which present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations.”
As it was reported earlier, the United States began deploying B-52 bombers in Diego Garcia, on an island base in the Indian Ocean because of the growing threat from Iran after the assassination of General QassIem Suleimani.
Besides, Iraq has limited the movement of ground and air forces of the international coalition in the country as part of the preparation of a mechanism for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
"The Iraqi authorities have prepared a mechanism for the withdrawal of American troops from the country. The functions of the forces of the international coalition will be limited only to the advisory role, the supply of weapons and training (of Iraqi troops, - ed.), And its armed forces will leave," the report said.