[size=32]The Iraqi government responds to Iran and bans US flights
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BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government, headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, has taken a clear stand in support of Iran in its confrontation with the US administration by taking the so-called "Joint Operations Command" a position prohibiting the flying of all types of airspace in Iraq, including US aircraft.
Arab sources closely monitoring developments in Iraq said the formula used to prevent US flights from flying in Iraqi airspace reflected a desire to adopt crooked ways to respond to Iran's requests. The Joint Operations Command's statement stated "the cancellation of all flight approvals in Iraqi airspace" Without mentioning the United States by name.
On Thursday, Abdul-Mahdi decided to cancel all flight approvals in Iraqi airspace and make the approval of those approvals his or her official mandate, in an attempt to control the decision to use Iraqi airspace and practically outside the hands of the Baghdad government.
The Iraqi government gradually stepped up this decision to admit that two camps belonging to the Popular Mobilization had been bombed by air, exceeding the official account I had reported on Monday, in a weapons depot south of Baghdad, and what happened earlier in another military site in Salah al-Din province. Initially the destruction of the sites into two incidents.
Abdul Mahdi's decision appeared ambiguous, especially in terms of the mechanisms to implement it in a practical way to control the movement of airspace in Iraqi airspace, including the flight of the international coalition against ISIS, especially the US aircraft, which is practicing a complete violation of Iraqi airspace.
Iraqi circles rushed to link the decision to the bombing of the Falcon camp of the Popular Mobilization, at the beginning of the week, and the resulting material damage and human losses from the explosion and flying missiles and ammunition stored inside.
Iraqi official circles were unable to keep up with the "accidental incident" after testimony was received about flying over the camp before it exploded.
Adding to the shaking of the official version, an Israeli satellite imaging company published photographs of the camp, which housed the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Brigades, including the Badr Organization, Jund al-Imam and Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades, showing an air strike. The explosion at the camp may have been caused by an air strike followed by secondary explosions of explosives stored in the warehouse.
There were doubts about the hypothesis of aerial bombardment before that about the explosion of the Martyrs Camp of the Popular Mobilization located in Amerli area Salahuddin province, on the nineteenth of July last.
Many military and security analysts are convinced that the camps and sites belonging to the Popular Mobilization Militia are being targeted by air. These factions are linked to their counterparts inside Iraq and that arms supplies to militias in Syria and Lebanon are passing through Iraqi territory.
Experts believe that this type of targeting is a dilemma for the Popular Mobilization Forces deployed in the Iraqi areas and has many sites and camps that are difficult to fly and target in the absence of air cover to protect them, which the regular Iraqi forces themselves can not provide them.
The Iraqi Prime Minister seemed embarrassed by the criticism that he would be following about his inability as commander-in-chief of the armed forces to protect the country's sovereignty and the protection of property and lives.
Followers of the Iraqi question whether Abdul-Mahdi is to appease the Popular Mobilization and behind Iran on his decision to restrict air traffic in Iraqi airspace, including US aviation.
"The Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi chaired the meeting of the National Security Council," the Joint Operations Command said in a statement on Thursday.
She added that "Abdul Mahdi canceled all approvals for aviation in Iraqi airspace, which include reconnaissance, armed reconnaissance, fighter aircraft, helicopters, and drones of all kinds, to all Iraqi and non-Iraqi."
The leadership confirmed that "Abdul-Mahdi decided to restrict the approvals to the commander of the armed forces exclusively, or who is authorized by fundamentalists," noting that "he demanded all parties to abide fully by this directive." She explained that "any traffic other than that is hostile flight is dealt with our air defenses immediately."
The explosion of the Popular Mobilization Camp left a state of popular anger, where, on Thursday, residents of the Abu Dashir area south of Baghdad demonstrated in front of the same camp demanding to move it outside the capital.
In an attempt to encircle the aftermath of the incident, Mahdi promised to deal “according to the law” with camps or weapons depots that do not have official approvals.
The Prime Minister presided over the meeting of the National Security Council and directed to conduct a comprehensive investigation involving all concerned parties, to investigate the explosion of materiel stores in Camp Falcon and to report within a maximum period of one week.
Many question the Iraqi prime minister's ability to implement his decisions on the PMF because he has no real authority over his factions, whose leaders follow and command their orders, including those who openly pledge allegiance to Iran.
When Abdul Mahdi decided months ago to include all the Hashd militias in the Iraqi Armed Forces and put them under the command of the Commander-in-Chief, who is the prime minister himself, those militias did not respond, but among its leaders who recently called for the disbanding of the Iraqi army and to keep the Hashd as an alternative army.
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