Iraq denies reports of IAF using its airspace

Spokesman for Iraqi Defense Ministry claims no Israeli planes were observed in country's airspace.

July 11, 2008 12:25
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Iraq denies reports of IAF using its airspace

IAF drill. (photo credit: IDF)

Iraq denied on Friday reports claiming the Israeli Air Force has been practicing for a possible attack against Iran in its airspace. "As the Ministry of Defense, we haven't observed any IAF warplanes practicing in Iraqi airspace," said Major-General Mohammad al-Askari, spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry. On Friday, sources in the Iraqi Defense Ministry told a local news network that Israel Air Force (IAF) war planes are practicing in Iraqi airspace and land on US airbases in the country as a preparation for a potential strike on Iran. The IDF denied the reports, calling them "baseless." The report, which was also carried by Iranian news outlets, claimed that recently massive IAF overnight presence was detected in several American held airbases. According to the sources, former military officers in the Anbar province said IAF jets arrive during the night from Jordanian airspace, enter Iraq's airspace and land on a runway near the city of Hadita. The sources estimated the jets were practicing for a raid on Iran's nuclear sites. The sources also said US bases in Iraq might serve as a platform for the IAF from which to attack Iran. If Israeli warplanes were to take off from Iraq, they could reach Bushehr in five minutes - a "record time," the sources said.

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