(Sources: The Telegraph, AFP, Bloomberg)
Tensions between Iraq and Kuwait were raised last week when the first Iraqi Airways flight from Baghdad to London for 20 years was impounded at London’s Gatwick Airport.
The dispute dates back to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, during which 10 Bombardier jets belonging to Kuwait Airways were seized by Iraq. Kuwait says it is owed $1.2bn as a result, and is pursuing that claim though the courts in London.
Iraqi Airways says that four of the planes were destroyed during an allied air-strike at Mosul Airport, and that the remaining six planes have already been returned to Kuwait via Iran.
The company’s director general, Kifah Hassan Jabbar, who was on the inaugural flight, has also had his passport seized and is due to appear in court on Wednesday.