Iranian Threat: US warns airlines flying over Persian Gulf
US diplomats have warned that commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf face a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.
The warning which originated from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the current tensions pose to a region crucial to global air travel. It also came as Lloyd’s of London warned of increasing risks to maritime shipping in the region.
The order relayed Saturday by U.S. diplomats in Kuwait and the UAE said that all commercial aircraft flying over the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman needed to be aware of “heightened military activities and increased political tension.”
This presents “an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification,” the warning said.
It also said aircraft could experience interference with its navigation instruments and communications jamming “with little to no warning.”
Pictures showing Iranian paramilitary forces loading missiles onto small boats, amid concern that the Revolutionary Guards terror group would fire them at US navy vessels, are behind a recent sharp escalation between the US and Iran.
The rockets were seen moving to locations that were within the range of US bases.
Additional intelligence reported threats to commercial ships and potential attacks by Iranian-backed terrorists on American troops in Iraq, which, taken together, led the US to believe an attack was imminent.
The US evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Iraq on Wednesday over what it called a ‘credible threat’ by Iran or Iranian proxies. In addition, Britain has raised the threat level to troops and diplomats in Iraq because of a ‘heightened security risk’ from Iran.