U.S. Senators Warn Baghdad Against Letting Iran Using Iraqi Airspace for Weapons Delivery
American senators, on a visit to Iraq, told the country’s government Wednesday that it may damage its relationship with the U.S. if Iran is allowed to deliver weapons to Syria by flying over Iraqi airspace.
However, a government spokesman in Iraq said Iran claims the flights to Syria are taking place only to deliver humanitarian aid. The source called on the U.S. to prove that Iran is sending weapons to Syria through Iraqi airspace.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Independent, said “this kind of problem with these Iranian overflights can make it more difficult to proceed with the Strategic Framework Agreement in the manner that the [Iraqi] prime minister and we would like to see happen.” Lieberman hopes the matter is “cleared up quickly,” reported the Associated Press.
Iran remains a Syrian ally despite the fact that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have reportedly killed at least 23,000 people in an attempt to squelch the country’s ongoing uprising.