U.S. Accuses Iraq of Lending Airspace for Iran Military Equipment Deliveries
Iran, the strongest regional ally of the Syrian regime, continues to support the Syrian government by supplying it with food and aid. However, the United States accuses Iraq of allowing Iran to use its airspace to help deliver military weapons and equipment to the Syrian regime. Iraq states that the U.S. must provide evidence first before stating any allegations.
Prime Minister Spokesman Ali al-Moussawi, stated that the U.S. lacks evidence to prove such claims to aid the murderous regime in the 18-month civil war in Syria. He states that even if Iraq has been trading and working with Iran, the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was promised that they were only transporting food and medical aid.
The United States and the Iraqi government have a long-term relationship being sent aid as mandated of the 2008 strategic partnership for development between the two nations. If Iraq is supporting Iran in its undying dedication to its ally Syria, it might threaten this particular partnership. Flying weapons in Iraqi airspace is also a significant violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution, which bans Iranian arms exports.
Iran’s alliance with Syria allows the country to reach its Shiite allies in Lebanon. While having a significant Shiite population, Iraq is yet to give a stance in the Syrian conflict but has good partnership with Iran.