Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Security Precautions

Non-Iraqi Arabs are being denied entry at Baghdad International Airport. Presumably, this is a security precaution to prevent would-be insurgents from disrupting the election. One of my co-workers is Egyptian, and when he arrived at the airport a couple days after the election he was sent back on the next plane to Cairo. Egypt Air flights from Cairo to Baghdad are now an odd mix of Iraqis, Nepalis, Westerners, and Egyptians who are fortunate enough to be able to travel on another passport. I am curious if this applies to women, who are less likely to fit the profile of an insurgent. The policy is expected to change after the new year or when the election results are official, whichever comes first.


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