Iraq stops flights to Syria, preceding crackdown

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January 31, 2007 22:27

Iraq indefinitely halted all flights to and from Syria and closed a border crossing with Iran as the government prepares for a new security crackdown aimed at crushing violence the in the capital and surrounding regions, a member of parliament and an airport official said Wednesday. The airport official said flights to Syria and back would be canceled for at least two weeks and that service had been interrupted on Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the information. Hassan al-Sunneid, a legislator and member of the parliament Defense and Security Committee, said the move "was in preparation for the security plan. The state will decide when the flights will resume."


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