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Kerry presses Iraq on Iran weapons flights to Syria
BBC ^ | 24 March 2013 Last updated at 10:38 ET | BBC

Posted on 03/24/2013 8:08:52 AM PDT by haffast

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Iraq's PM that allowing Iranian planes to use Iraqi air space to carry weapons to Syria was "problematic".

Mr Kerry, on an unannounced trip to Iraq, held talks with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki in a bid to boost co-operation over the Syria conflict.

He said Iranian arms were sustaining Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The US has accused Iraq of turning a blind eye to the flights, which Iran claims transport only humanitarian aid.

It is 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

The trip is Mr Kerry's first to Iraq since taking office earlier this year, and the first by an American secretary of state since 2009.

"I made very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from Iran are in fact helping to sustain President Assad and his regime," Mr Kerry told reporters.

"I made it very clear that for those of us who are engaged in an effort to see President Assad step down... anything that supports President Assad is problematic."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; iran; iraq; israel; middleeast; obama; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 03/24/2013 8:08:52 AM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

Did he make it very clear? jez bet they are trembling now.


2 posted on 03/24/2013 8:28:05 AM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: haffast

Since Obama has worked so tirelessly to reduce US leverage over the behavior of Iraq, I would imagine that the reaction to Kerry’s bleating must have been either a raised middle finger or barely suppressed smirking and laughter.


3 posted on 03/24/2013 8:51:10 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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