Unsure of militants’ capabilities, US flying higher over Iraq

August 2, 2014 8:10 PM

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NEW YORK // An increase in the mandatory altitude for US airlines flying over Iraq to 30,000 feet indicates that air safety officials are taking additional precautions in the face of evidence that extremists in Iraq and Syria may have shoulder-fired missile launchers and possibly even more powerful surface-to-air missile systems.

After the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over rebel-held eastern Ukraine two weeks ago there is increasing concern about rules governing airspace above conflict zones.

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