The US military says it has arrested a senior member of the Iranian security forces suspected of funneling weapons into Iraq.
The military says the alleged member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force was detained at Baghdad Airport while trying to leave the country on Tuesday.
The military says the suspect was using a job building and repairing religious sites in Iraq as cover to funnel weapons into the country.
The US alleges in a statement released Wednesday that the Iranian was smuggling weapons into Iraq in legitimate shipments of building materials.
The UShas long accused Iran of training and arming Shiite extremist groups in Iraq and fueling the insurgency. Tehran denies the charges.