Iraq closes airspace to stop Israeli strikes on pro-Iranian militia sites

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has issued an unprecedented order placing Iraqi air space off limits to all aircraft without his personal authorization. The decree issued on Friday, Aug. 16 was one of three steps Baghdad has taken to put a stop to Israeli air strikes on pro-Iranian Shiite militia targets, whether by jets, drones or missiles.
The three steps revealed here by DEBKAfile are:

  1. An investigation to get to the bottom of the explosions on Aug. 12 that destroyed the ammunition depot at Al Saqr (or Camp Falcon as it is called by the e Americans) I in South Baghdad. Flying Katyusha ammo and mortar shell fragments killed at least one in the city and injured scores of others.
    Al Saqr is the command center of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU), the largest Shiite militia in Iraq, which is led by Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, a lieutenant of the Iranian Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
    One source reported on Saturday that evidence had been found in the ruins of an attack by missiles fired from drones. Another source countered that the camp had not been attacked but was destroyed by a fire. The prime minister has given the investigators a week to submit their findings.
    Before this event, the Israeli Air Force is known to have struck two Shiite militia sites in Iraq by multiple incoming aircraft or UAVS. The first, on July 19, targeted the Hash Haabi militia’s 52nd Brigade, a subsidiary of the Bader Brigades – both loyal to Iran – in Salahuddin province near the town of Amerli northeast of Baghdad. The second, on July 28, raided Camp Ashraf, in the Diyala Governorate near the Iranian border and 40km north of Baghdad.
  2. The Iraqi prime minister has given the pro-Iranian militias one month to remove their camps and ammunition stocks from the country’s main cities. By complying with this order, Iran’s armed Shiite pawns would lose their main strongholds in Baghdad and other important Iraqi cities. However, they have consistently flouted such orders in the past.
  3. Abdul-Mahdi, who as prime minister officiates also as commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces, stated explicitly that no aircraft of any kind may enter Iraqi air space without permission from him in person or an official appointed by him. “All special aviation permits to enter Iraqi air space granted to Iraqi or non-Iraqi entities are hereby cancelled, including “reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, fighter aircraft, helicopters and drones of all kinds.” The decree went on to specify: “Any air traffic lacking this permission will be considered hostile and targeted by Iraqi air defenses immediately.”

The US forces command, which maintains several large air bases in Iraq with thousands of military personnel, responded: “We are guests within Iraq’s sovereign borders,” and therefore, “The US-led coalition has immediately complied with all the directives received from our Iraqi partners as they implement the prime minister’s order.”

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Abdul-Mahdi’s actions are far from being plain sailing. In the first place, Iraq is not armed with the advanced air defense systems capable of identifying or downing Israel’s F-35 stealth aircraft. In the second, how can he stop Turkish Air Force intrusions of Iraqi air space for ongoing raids of Kurdish PKK bases in northern Iraq, a region in which Baghdad maintains no air defense units?

This predicament has an unexpected twist: The Turks have recently began using Israel-made Heron UAVs in those raids. The Iraqi air force is not up to identifying whether an incoming drone belongs to the Turkish or the Israeli air force.  

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43 thoughts on “Iraq closes airspace to stop Israeli strikes on pro-Iranian militia sites

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 17:39 at 17:39
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    Hilarious!

    He will get it right when he closes the entire country to Iran/IRGC.

    • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:02 at 23:02
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      The Vanguard of Never Again Righteous Is Not A Vice! Kurds need to Rise Up & Seize The Day for Kurdistan in Iraq, Iran, Syria & Turkey, as well! https://youtu.be/9FXE6kkUQTw

      • Aug 18, 2019 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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        iran nefreti kadar başınıza taş düşe inşallah amin yıkılsın israil alman soykırımından kaçan korkak fanatik yahudiler

        • Aug 18, 2019 @ 10:00 at 10:00
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          O taşlar götüne girsin

        • Aug 18, 2019 @ 16:40 at 16:40
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          Same to you !

    • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:08 at 23:08
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      Iraq is now under control of shia majority which is a key fact. For air defense they will buy s-300 or s-400 or else which helps iran to make thick defenses for its own security

      • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:24 at 23:24
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        Han… Iraq Shiia work with NATO Forces & Challenge Iran Shiia Regime with Sistini Shiia Charity!

        • Aug 18, 2019 @ 16:55 at 16:55
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          Perhaps you don’t know what shia means. Don’t forget hizzbalah in Lebanon was made by sadr family which was a iraqi origin shia mullah family

      • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:32 at 23:32
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        The S-300 have stopped No One and S-400 won’t Deploy knowing they can’t either! Iran Shiia Regime is just more Desperate than Ever!

    • Aug 18, 2019 @ 19:57 at 19:57
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      Iran own Iraq. After all, they won the US/Iraq war by solidly defeating the US. Politically, Economically and increasingly militarily Iran and Iraq are now aligned.

      How can the US account for half of the world’s defence spending and still get defeated on wars they themselves started. Pretty SAD!!!!

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 18:48 at 18:48
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    Hey, Abdel de Brabanel, heavily armed militias in a sovereign country? U crazy?

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 19:36 at 19:36
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    I hope the Persian people do to the satanic ayatoolahs, what they did to gay Persians.

    • Aug 20, 2019 @ 8:08 at 8:08
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      They’ll make them watch them having fun with goats?

    • Aug 17, 2019 @ 21:02 at 21:02
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      russia will be vanquished and destroyed

    • Aug 17, 2019 @ 22:56 at 22:56
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      Junaid… American Cowboys & Russian Cossacks History Do Not Cross Nuclear Swords but Prevent Iran Shiia Regime Kooks for Nukes! https://youtu.be/2f9DRmC5p-M

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 20:19 at 20:19
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    Is it rationale to blame a work accident on ghosts and threaten to shoot down unidentified birds?

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 20:46 at 20:46
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    Is he suggesting that in the past Israeli planes had permission to fly over Iraq? I doubt Israel would pay attention to this.

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 20:47 at 20:47
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    Antisemitism by US Govt & ICE

    Take a short read;

    On Sunday, June 30, 36 Jewish protesters were arrested after blocking the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in response to reports of the horrific conditions the children there are facing. The protesters — members of the Never Again Action group, a group of Jews that are working to “never let anything like the Holocaust ever happen again” — partnered with immigrant rights group Movimiento Cosecha to organize the protest.

    • Aug 17, 2019 @ 21:52 at 21:52
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      Deport the JINOs to Mexico too.

    • Aug 18, 2019 @ 0:13 at 0:13
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      Stupid comment. They weren’t arrested because they are Jewish, they were arrested for unlawful behavior.

    • Aug 18, 2019 @ 14:57 at 14:57
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      Jacob,
      Please spare us the silliness of Diasrpa Js attempting moral equivalence of the Shoah and and US border control, ….you disgust me as a fellow Jew to equate so much as the verbiage Never Again w the immigrants from S and C america coming to US for opportunity.

      • Aug 18, 2019 @ 19:28 at 19:28
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        look up history and name few countries that the Jews Did Not come to for opportunity …

      • Aug 18, 2019 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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        I thought that Jews are all extra special and purest of humans.

        Are you sure you’re trying to say that some Jews are not so special? woohha … so there are better Jews and not so good Jews?

        Aha!

        • Aug 18, 2019 @ 19:39 at 19:39
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          I’m perplexed. Doron, I thought that Jews are the chosen ones … are the bad Jews still Chosen or do they somehow get dropped out of this special circle? Thanks.

          • Aug 20, 2019 @ 9:59 at 9:59
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            Chosen to be frozen only

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:37 at 23:37
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    Well, 40,000 Polish Eagle Winged Hussars Ended Ottoman Empire’s Eyes on Europe at Siege of Vienna on 9-11-1683! Many were Jewish that Out Fought 300,000 Sultan Elite Janissary. Kurds Fighters Will Divided Turkey as well. https://youtu.be/X8zCv0AHnCs/X8zCv0AHnCs

  • Aug 17, 2019 @ 23:59 at 23:59
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    History Shows How Smart Small Numbers Beat Dumb Big Empires When Freedom Is At Stake Of Each Person Heart Prevails & Better Minds Prevail! Why Judaism Survives & Thrives Over Antisemitism Especially Aryans Thieves Regimes! Regime’s Tiny Minds Will Be Replaced By Remarkable Persian Brains Soon!

    • Aug 18, 2019 @ 0:23 at 0:23
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      Persian brains are found on the ground mostly where buzzards defecate.

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 4:02 at 4:02
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    WHAT A JOKE SURE TRY TO STOP IAF F-15 FROM FLYING MISSIONS OVER A DEAD COUNTRY. IRAQ IS A JOKE THERE TOO BUSY FIGHTING EACH OTHERS TRIBES WE SHOULD HAVE LET SADAM KEEP THEM IN LINE THEY WERE BETTER OFF A WASTE OF AMERICAN BLOOD FORMER US ARMY SSG JEW

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 4:19 at 4:19
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    “The mouse that roared”

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 5:17 at 5:17
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    Dumb idiots. Smart move by Iran to alleviate the immediate threat even if for a week or so. Move out of sight and hope whoever is stupid enough believes they left the country. Nobody in Iraq would hope that Yanks or Jews will stop flying and or watching. Just another move within their scope of possibilities.

    The above article is sh*t news. The only thing missing is Subscribe Today!

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 6:08 at 6:08
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    Iran have Nuclear bombs since 2015 , this information have been past to US and Germany few weeks ago . Now it is untouchable this is why no one dear to retaliate to Iran’s behaviours . Hitting 4 ships in the gulf then seeding mines shutting down US Drones . Some one knows some thing for sure this is why they keep hitting the snake tail rather than the head

    • Aug 18, 2019 @ 7:08 at 7:08
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      No one is Untouchable nor Irreplaceable! A Fact about Human Leaders!

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 9:53 at 9:53
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    iran nefreti kadar başınıza taş düşe inşallah amin yıkılsın israil alman soykırımından kaçan korkak fanatik yahudiler

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 16:11 at 16:11
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    “…The Turks have recently began …” Change “began” to “begun.” Using the auxiliary verb “have,” you must write the main verb in its past participle form.

  • Aug 18, 2019 @ 17:41 at 17:41
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    It is bigger than that, Laser Capabilities at Far Cheaper Costs making ICBM Nuke Launches Obsolete and Blowing them up on Nations Launching Them Soil before getting into up! System Operation Dark Star Is a Reality! America DARPA Programs with Israeli Second to None with Digital Harmonics Arrival & USA is Way Ahead of all Nations.

  • Aug 19, 2019 @ 1:34 at 1:34
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    The yogic master Patanjali was recently approached by a desperate Netanyahu ransacking the last corners of earth and his mind for some levitation secret, superpower. or magic to at least keep him aloft in his current status quo ‘Wiley Coyote’-gravity defying standing in midair suspension of the laws of nature

    The enlightened master was reputed to say but 4 words to the supplicant, then a soft cough or snort, and then perfect silence; ‘No Sutra for You’

  • Aug 19, 2019 @ 2:02 at 2:02
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    That’s very disrespectful and ignorant – the The Californian Earth-Cuckoo is one of the most magnificent of all birds and makes parrots look like dumb housepets with the vocabulary of a quail or dog or cat.

  • Aug 19, 2019 @ 2:05 at 2:05
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    One word for Iraq — cough*’S-400’*cough

  • Aug 20, 2019 @ 9:14 at 9:14
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    Fact. From 1979 to 2019 Iran is the strategic victor in the Middle East. The proof is on the ground from Iraq to the Golan. Don’t tell me I am wrong show me.

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