Egyptair suspends flights to Baghdad for 3 days

An Egyptair plane aircraft landed at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
FILE PHOTO: An Egyptair plane aircraft landing at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016./REUTERS

Egyptian national career, EgyptAir, said on Tuesday it will suspend its flights to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, for three days starting from Wednesday because of the unstable security situation in Iraq.

The suspension, which will continue until Friday, was taken “for the safety of our passengers and planes and until the security situation stabilizes in the city,” the company said in a statement.

This comes even as the US deployed 600 mostly young soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to the Middle East, part of a group of some 3,500 U.S. paratroopers ordered to the region. Kuwait is the first stop for many. Their final destinations are classified.

On Friday the American President Donald Trump ordered the drone killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, raising fears of fresh conflict in the Middle East, the men and women of the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division are moving out in the largest “fast deployment” since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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