Turkish Airlines calls off flights to Iraq due to Mosul offensive
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
Turkish Airlines has canceled flights to Baghdad and Erbil due to the operation to liberate Iraq’s Mosul from “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL) terrorist group, Aksam newspaper reports.
According to the newspaper, passengers will depart to these directions at night.
The operation to regain control over Mosul began in the morning, Oct. 17. In addition to Iraq’s government forces, local Peshmerga paramilitaries participate in the operation.
The attack is supported by international anti-terrorism coalition air force.
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq with a population of 1.3 million people, has been under the IS control for more than two years.
Mosul was surrendered almost without a fight during the extremists’ attack in June 2014.
The “Islamic State” considers Mosul as its main stronghold in Iraq.
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