posted on Nov, 23 2004 @ 03:01 AM
A bomb that appeared to be homemade was found Monday on a commercial airline inside of Iraq. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has announced that increased
screening measure would now be in effect at Baghdad International Airport. Very few details are available and it is not known if it was found on an
arriving flight or one set to depart.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A homemade bomb was found Monday on a commercial flight inside Iraq, prompting additional screening measures to go into effect at
Baghdad International Airport, the U.S. Embassy said.
No further details were released and the statement did not say whether the affected flight had arrived or was preparing to depart.
"American citizens are encouraged to review their travel plans to determine whether travel on commercial carriers servicing Iraq is necessary at this
time," the embassy said.
Commercial flights resumed to and from Baghdad on Nov. 15 after being suspended for a week under a state of emergency declared on the eve of the
U.S.-led assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Aircraft flying into and out of Baghdad have been fired on frequently by insurgents, and planes take a number of precautions to minimize attack.
On June 27, insurgents fired on an Australian C-130 military transport after takeoff from Baghdad's airport, killing an American passenger and forcing
the aircraft to return.
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Iím not surprised that the increasingly clever insurgents have not tried this before. I also have to ask, why wasnít security already tight at the
airport? This is not the first time that aircraft have been targeted. However in the past, insurgents have fired man portable surface to air missiles
at planes. This may signal a shift in tactics.