Baghdad to Iran: No arms to Syria over Iraq

Iraqi gov't statement comes one day after the US said it was consulting with Baghdad about overflights transporting materiel.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 17, 2012 16:56
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Iraq will not permit Iran to ferry arms to Syria through or over its territory, an Iraqi government spokesman said Saturday AFP reported.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the Iranian ambassador was told "Iraq will not permit the use of its air space or its territory for th transit of any arms cargo to Syria," according to the report.

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The United States on Friday said it was in contact with Iraq and encouraging it to ensure no military cargo headed for Syria is transported through Iraqi airspace.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a press briefing that the US was "making the point that any export of arms or related materials from Iran, frankly, to any destination would be a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1747."

Any arms sent to the President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, she continued, "would obviously be used in the brutal repression that the regime is exacting on its own people."

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At least 27 people were killed and 97 were wounded in two explosions that hit Damascus early Saturday, a Syrian television channel reported.

The explosions killed security force personnel and civilians, state television reported, blaming what it said were terrorists behind the year-long uprising against Assad.

The explosions came two days after the first anniversary of year-long uprising, in which the United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed and some 230,000 forced to flee their homes as the violence spreads.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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