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FAA restricts US operator flights over Iraq

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday restricted American operators from flying over Iraq due to a "potentially hazardous situation" created by continued armed conflict.

The FAA cited continued fighting between militants associated with ISIS and Iraqi security forces and their allies. The Pentagon on Friday confirmed that U.S. forces had conducted an airstrike against Islamic insurgents in Iraq.

The notice applied to "all U.S. carriers and commercial operators," but made an exception for flights operated with U.S. government permission. The FAA on Aug. 1 had restricted U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq.

The order comes after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on July 17 by a missile over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Several non-U.S. carriers have already suspended flights over Iraqi airspace for security reasons.

— By CNBC with Reuters