Turkish Airlines says cancels flights to Arbil due to security concerns

ISTANBUL Fri Aug 8, 2014 10:26am EDT

ISTANBUL Aug 8 (Reuters) - Turkish Airlines has cancelled all flights to Arbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, until further notice due to security concerns, a spokesman said on Twitter on Friday.

Sunni Islamist militants have advanced to within a half hour's drive of Arbil, prompting a U.S. air strike on Friday, the first such intervention since American troops pulled out in 2011.

(Reporting by Evrim Ergin, Writing by Humeyra Pamuk,; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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