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Iraq may get impounded aircraft handed back.

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Iraq is likely to receive several of its commercial aircraft back after Jordan and Tunisia apparently indicated that they are ready to hand back aircraft that were impounded during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

Work to make the aircraft airworthy has already commenced, according to Iraq's foreign minister, and Iraq has also placed pressure on Iran for the release of aircraft impounded there. It is believed that Jordan is holding four Boeing 727s and two 707s and that Tunisia has four aircraft. Another five Boeing aircraft and all 22 of Iraqi Airways' Russian-made Ilyushin aircraft are believed to be in Iran.

Aviation authorities in Jordan have stated however that they are unaware of any agreement to hand back the aircraft, and noted that this would require approval from the United Nations. It was also stated that Jordan does not have the facilities needed to carry out the overhaul work for engines on the Boeing aircraft according to Reuters.

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