Kuwait suspended flights to Iraq for per week beginning Sunday citing safety fears after a rocket assault focused Baghdad worldwide airport. Iraqi authorities, in the meantime, introduced an attacker had been apprehended.
Kuwait Airways, the nation’s predominant provider, mentioned in a press release Saturday that flights to Iraq had been briefly suspended based mostly on directions from the Kuwaiti Civil Aviation Authority as a result of “present circumstances.”
Six rockets struck the Baghdad airport final week damaging two business planes belonging to Iraqi Airways, the principle nationwide airline. The incident marked an escalation in rocket and drone assaults typically focusing on the U.S. and it is allies, in addition to Iraqi authorities establishments. The assaults have been blamed on Iran-backed militia teams.
Iraqi authorities mentioned in a press release late Saturday that they had apprehended an individual allegedly behind the airport assault. The person was arrested at a checkpoint close to the northern province of Kirkuk en path to Irbil within the Kurdish-run semi-autonomous area. The assertion supplied no additional particulars.
Following the assault, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi urged the worldwide group to not impose restrictions on journey to Iraq, whereas Iraqi Airways mentioned the assault did not prompted any disruptions and flights would proceed.
Individually, Iraq’s navy mentioned late Saturday it had killed 9 Islamic State group militants suspected of staging a lethal ambush within the northern province of Diyala. The gunmen stormed a military barracks earlier than daybreak whereas the troopers slept inside and killed 11.
The militants had been killed with three F-16 airstrikes, with extra operations deliberate to root out sleeper cells, Iraq’s navy mentioned.
Iraq is witnessing an uptick in IS-related assaults. Militants have lengthy exploited the safety vacuum throughout a band of disputed territory in northern Iraq.