Report says Iran using civilian aircraft to fly arms to Assad through Iraqi airspace

Thu, Sep 20, 2012, 01:00

Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid President Bashar al-Assad in his attempt to crush an 18-month uprising, according to a Western intelligence report seen by Reuters.

Earlier this month, US officials said they were questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying arms to Assad, a staunch Iranian ally. Yesterday, US senator John Kerry threatened to review US aid to Baghdad if it did not halt such overflights. Iraq says it does not allow weapons to pass through its airspace, but an intelligence report obtained by Reuters says Iranian weapons have been flowing into Syria via Iraq. – (Reuters)