The United States Launches $5 Million Iraqi Airport Security Program

An Iraqi Airways plane arrives at Baghdad airport, Iraq.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) officials are celebrating the launch of a $5 million Iraq airport security program.  This U.S. Government-funded initiative will provide both training and equipment in close coordination and partnership with Iraq civil aviation experts.

During his remarks at the launch reception, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood said, “Airports are gateways to the world.  This cooperative program will not only improve passenger safety for the Iraqi people, but will bolster Iraq’s ability to attract foreign investors, expand global trade linkages, and encourage economic growth.”  

Officials from the ICAA, Baghdad International Airport, Basrah International Airport, and Erbil International Airport have already met to discuss how to implement the program and continue strengthening security at Iraqi airports to meet international standards.

The launch of the program is an indication of Iraq’s expanding role in the global aviation community and underscores the U.S. commitment to help build a prosperous and diversified Iraqi economy as outlined in the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.