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Jet in first flight from Baghdad to London in 20 years

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The first direct flight between Iraq and the UK for 20 years has taken off from Baghdad airport, bound for London.

The Iraqi Airways flight had been due to take off nine days ago, but was grounded by the volcanic ash cloud drifting over Europe.

The flight, nearly a year behind schedule, was the first since the UN imposed sanctions after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Gabriel Gatehouse reports.

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