Baghdad imposes international flight ban on Iraqi Kurdistan after referendum

Passengers flying to Arbil wait to check-in for their flight at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul on Sept. 28. All foreign flights to and from the Kurdish regional hubs were suspended effective Friday although travel via Baghdad’s airport was still possible.

The last international flight left Erbil airport on Friday as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban in retaliation for an independence vote by Iraqi Kurds that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers.


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