30 Sep '12, 5pm

Iraq To Stop Iran Flights Over Suspicions Of Syria Arms

DUBAI — Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sept 30. “We have assured U.S. officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian) flights and carry out random searches,” Zebari said, quoted by Arabic daily Al-Hayat. The Iraqi minister added that his government had told Tehran “to stop the flights and stop arming or financing the (Syrian regime) or any other party to the conflict.” Zebari said Iraq would not “not accept being a transit point or passage way for ... arming or financing” the Syrian conflict. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed Baghdad to deliver on pledges to stop such flights during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Kudayr al-Khuzaie. Clinton reported “some encouraging first ...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120930/DEFREG03/3093...

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