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Iraq extends flight ban on Kurdistan airports for extra 2 months

Haider Abadi

A flight ban at Erbil International Airport in Kurdistan Region has been extended by two months, the airport said Wednesday, according to Anadolu agency.

The airport released a notice on Twitter from the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority saying that the flight ban was extended till Feb. 28, 2018.

On Sept. 29, Iraq’s central government imposed a ban on all international flights into and out of the Kurdish region.

The ban against Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports came in response to the Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish regional independence. Ties between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have been deeply strained since then.

Following the referendum, Iraqi government forces invaded the oil-rich Kirkuk province.