Coalition jet makes emergency landing at Erbil Airport
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A military warplane belonging to the US-led coalition made an emergency landing at Erbil International Airport (EIA) due to a technical issue, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Sunday.
KRSC released a statement revealing that an international coalition jet was forced to land at EIA after experiencing technical issues in the sky.
The announcement did not mention which country the warplane belonged. But, it was definitely one of the 13 countries involved in the US-led coalition engaged in air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
According to the KRSC statement, the EIA asked the jet to store its bombs somewhere safe before landing.
In cooperation with the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR) in Erbil, the plane stored the bombs in a secure area 10 kilometers away from the northwest of Shaqlawa town, Erbil Province.
The plane later safely landed at EIA at 2:35 p.m. Erbil time.
Coalition warplanes conduct daily air strikes against IS targets in different parts of Iraq and Syria.
In June 2014, IS took control of Mosul, the second-largest city in the north of Iraq. Later, the group expanded to Nineveh, Diyala, Salahaddin and Anbar provinces.
Recently, the US Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk stated that IS insurgents had lost the morale of fighting in both Iraq and Syria.
Additionally, he mentioned that IS had lost 50 percent of its territory in Iraq and 20 percent in Syria. McGurk also stated that the group continues to shrink in both countries.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany