U.S. Warns Iraq Not To Let Iran Fly Weapons Over To Syria
September 05, 2012
Three U.S. senators have warned Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to allow Iran to fly over Iraqi airspace to deliver weapons and equipment to Syria.
Senator Joe Lieberman said Iraq's failure to stop the flights could threaten Baghdad's long-term relationship with the United States as well as U.S. aid under a 2008 strategic pact.
Their comments came after "The New York Times" reported that Iran has resumed equipment shipments to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
An Iraqi government spokesman said Iran promised the flights to Syria are only delivering humanitarian aid, and that the onus is on Washington to prove the Iranian shipments contain weapons.
Lieberman said Washington didn't believe Iran's claim.
U.S. Senator John McCain said weapons deliveries would violate a UN Security Council resolution.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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