Three bullets hit a Flydubai jet at Baghdad airport last week causing the suspension of not only many flights to the Iraqi capital, but the suspension of hope and international confidence in the Iraqi government and its ability to control the country. It will time before the major airlines resume flights and transfer thousands of passengers and cargo to and from the Iraqi capital, which plays a major role in strengthening confidence in the regime and state institutions. Much more needs to be done than increasing the airport's defenses and securing its surroundings. The problem now lies in the shaken confidence caused by the government's inability and weakness.
Official Iraqi statements did not dissolve concerns because they were obviously trying to deny what happened, saying that it is an accidental incident and the wind caused the diversion of the plane’s landing, among other excuses. Had the shooting occurred in a city outside conflict zones, it might have been an accident, but the bullets deliberately targeted the plane; it was not a weapon used in a wedding ceremony or march, as one official said.
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