Yep - an SNG link is an SNG link. Doesn't matter if you are in Baghdad or Birmingham - you have the same issues that could disrupt a broadcast - loss of local power, someone firing up on the same transponder in an unauthorised manner, running out of time on your booking, windage on a dish, bad weather causing problems on a marginal link budget (*) etc. (In fact you may be better off in Baghdad or Syria as you have less atmosphere to fire through to hit the equatorial satellites, and the atmosphere you are firing through will be more RF-friendly as it won't have as much water in it.
The further North you get in the Northern hemisphere (and further South in the Southern hemisphere) the trickier satellite links are...
(*) link budget isn't a financial measure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_budget
(it's a measure of the amount of headroom on your circuit)