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FAA and EASA amend conflict zone warning for Iraqi airspace
9 December 2017

The Baghdad FIR roughly follows the Iraqi border

The U.S. FAA and European EASA both issued amended and differing warnings on Iraqi airspace.
On December 6, EASA issued Conflict Zone Information Bulletin CZIB 2017-04R1. The risk is described as:

Due to the hazardous security situation, with the presence of terrorist organisations and ongoing 
high intensity military operations, there is a risk of both intentional targeting and misidentification of civil aircraft.
The risk is identified as higher in Western Iraq, because of the proximity with the Syrian border. 
Due to the presence of various weaponry including MANPADS, it is advised to be cautious with the risk associated to civil aviation. 
The risk to operations at altitudes below 24 000 ft. Above Ground Level is assessed to be HIGH.

On December 9, the FAA issued Notam KICZ A0025/17 In this Notam the FAA lifts the full prohibition for the Baghdad FIR and allows operations of U.S. aircraft above FL260:

"DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS SITUATION CREATED BY THE POTENTIAL FOR FIGHTING IN CERTAIN AREAS OF IRAQ AND ONGOING CONCERNS 
ABOUT THE EXTREMIST/MILITANT THREAT TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN THE BAGHDAD (ORBB) 
FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION (FIR) AT ALTITUDES BELOW FLIGHT LEVEL 260 (FL260) BY THE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN 
PARAGRAPH A (APPLICABILITY) ARE PROHIBITED."

 

 

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