Syrian plane lands in Baghdad following three-month suspension

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By Khayoun Saleh

Azzaman, January 29, 2013

A Syrian passenger plane landed in Baghdad for the first time in three months.

The plane was carrying 50 Iraqi passengers who flew from Damascus International Airport.

Scheduled flights between Baghdad and Damascus came to a halt when Syrian rebels mounted attacks in the airport’s vicinity.

Iraqi Airways officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were informed by their Syrian counterparts that they will increase scheduled flights to 14 per week.

Analysts say the resumption of flights between Damascus and Baghdad signals improvement in the security situation in Syria, particularly in the capital and its surroundings.