Allawi shuts Iraq's airport and borders

Iraq's interim prime minister has announced that the country's borders with Syria and Jordan will be closed to all traffic except for lorries carrying food.

    Allawi has given US-led forces the go-ahead for the attack

    Baghdad's international airport is also to be shut down for 48 hours.

    Iyad Allawi announced the closures during a news conference on Monday where he also gave the authority to US-led forces to storm Falluja.

    He said the curfew in Falluja as well as Ramadi would start at 6pm (1500 GMT), under emergency laws he activated on Sunday.

    "The measures I will announce now will be implemented after iftar [meal to break the Ramadan fast] at six o'clock, God willing," he said.

    No option

    Under the emergency measures, Allawi said roads and government institutions in the cities of Falluja and Ramadi would be closed. All weapons would also be banned, he said.

    US-led troops have already
    launched assaults on the city

    "Once again, we have seen more criminal acts committed by these terrorists who continue to use Falluja as a base for their operations. We have no other option but to take the necessary measures to protect Iraqi people from these killers and liberate Falluja," he said.

    Allawi said earlier the emergency law was intended to send a serious message about Iraq's commitment to crucial national elections in January.

    "We want to secure the country so elections can be done in a peaceful way and the Iraqi people can participate in the elections freely, without the intimidation by terrorists," Allawi said on Sunday.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?