Iran now using commercial airlines ‘exclusively’ for arms shipments to Syria (WORLD TRIBUNE) LONDON, ENGLAND 06/01/12)
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LONDON — Iran has succeeded in transporting weapons to its allies in
Lebanon and Syria.
Western security sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
was employing at least two Iranian airlines to sustain the arms flow
regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as well as Hizbullah.
The sources said IRGC was assigning passenger and cargo aircraft from
Iran Air and Yas Air for weekly weapons flights to Beirut and
“Iran has always used commercial aircraft to fly weapons secretly to
Damascus,” a Western source said. “But now, with NATO efforts to stop
the flow, Iran is using the commercial air route nearly exclusively.”
Over the last year, Turkey has reported several interceptions of
suspected weapons aircraft to Syria.
In one incident, Ankara said it seized a Yas Air passenger jet with
weapons and bombs in March 2011.
The German television network ZDF reported that Iran Air and Yas Air
have been the main vehicles of Teheran’s arms supply to Assad and
ZDF did not identify the weapons but said the two airlines, which fly
planes, conduct frequent weapons flights to Damascus.
“Iran Air and Yas Air transported weapons and explosives repeatedly to
Beirut and Damascus,” ZDF said on May 30.
Iran has acknowledged supplying the Syrian military. IRGC Quds Force
deputy commander Ismail Ghani said his force was playing a major role
directing Assad’s troops.
“If the Islamic republic [of Iran] was not present in Syria, the
massacre of people would have happened on a much larger scale,” Ghani
said. (Copyright © 2012 East West Services, Inc. 06/01/12)
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