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US Warns Commercial Flights about Gulf Airspace

As tensions between Tehran and Washington continue to escalate, US Federal Aviation Administration warns airliners about flying over the Gulf.

The administration issued the warning on Thursday, saying that the decision was at the result of heightened political tensions and increased military activities in the region.

It explained that the recent developments “present an increasing inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or mis-identification”.

Washington has already ordered partial evacuation of its embassy in Baghdad and consulate general in Erbil for indications of military attacks by Iran or its militia forces in Iraq.

Earlier on Saturday, multiple sources told Reuters that US giant oil company ExxonMobil has also begun evacuating its foreign employees from Iraq for similar reasons. Source

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