Military Capabilities

Iraq imposes restrictions on coalition air operations

20 August 2019

Coalition flights over Iraq now have to be pre-approved by the Baghdad government after a suspected Israeli airstrike on a Shia-militia base close to the capital.

UK military sources told Jane's on 19 August that all US-led coalition flight plans now have to be approved by senior Iraqi officers before aircraft take off for missions over the country. The source said the restrictions were "not a major problem", adding "given where we are in the campaign, the tempo isn't what it was at the height of the fighting".

Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) confirmed on 16 August that its senior leaders met with their counterparts in the Iraqi Ministry of Defence "to discuss Prime Minister [Adil] Abdul Mahdi's recent guidance regarding airspace usage".

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