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US Prohibits Flights Over Iraq, Iran And The Gulf

Washington: The US aviation authority has prohibited its civil flight operators from utilizing the airspace over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf, hours after Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles focusing on at the least two American bases in response to the killing of its Normal Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike.

Iran has launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at 5:30 pm on January 7 focusing on at the least two bases the place US army and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.

Tensions between Tehran and the US escalated after the killing of Soleimani, commander of Iran’s highly effective Revolutionary Guards, in a US drone strike, which was ordered by President Donald Trump, on Friday when he was leaving the Baghdad Worldwide Airport. The strike additionally killed the deputy chief of Iraq’s highly effective Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary drive.

Supreme Chief of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei vowed revenge towards the killing of his common, saying “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the assault.

In a notification issued Tuesday night time, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) prohibited American civil aviation operators from working within the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

FAA mentioned that it has issued notices to airmen outlining flight restrictions that prohibit US civil aviation operators from flying in that airspace.

The aviation authority mentioned it can proceed to intently monitor occasions within the Center East and that it’s coordinating with its nationwide safety companions.

Earlier, President Donald Trump mentioned that the US was ready for any assault by Iran and justified his resolution to kill Soleimani, saying, “Well, number one, I knew the past. His past was horrible.”

“He (Soleimani) was a terrorist. He was so designated by President Obama, as you know, and he wasn’t even supposed to be outside of his own country.”

Soleimani’s killing was probably the most dramatic escalation but in spiralling tensions between Iran and the US, already hit by severe variations over Tehran’s formidable nuclear programme.

Soleimani was extensively seen because the second strongest determine in Iran behind the Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. His Quds Pressure, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported on to the Ayatollah Khamenei and he was hailed as a heroic nationwide determine.

(IANS)

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