US Sec. of State tells Iraq to close airspace for Iranian planes ‘with Assad aid’

2130kerry syria iraq iran US Sec. of State tells Iraq to close airspace for Iranian planes ‘with Assad aid’

“I made it very clear that for those of us, who are engagedin an effort to see President Assad step down… anything thatsupports President Assad is problematic,” Kerry said afterholding private talks with Iraqi Prime Minister, Nourial-Maliki.The Secretary of State added that the silent approval of theIranian overflights by the Iraqi authorities has left the Americanpeople “wondering how it is a partner”.Washington believes that, despite claims that it’s onlyhumanitarian aid, Iran is sending arms and fighters to help Assadin his war against the US-backed National Coalition for SyrianRevolutionary and Opposition Forces.AP is citing an unnamed US official, who said that such flightsoccur “close to daily”, undermining American efforts to support therebels.The flights have long been an issue in the relationship betweenWashington and Baghdad. In 2012, previous Secretary of State,Hillary Clinton, received a promise from Iraq to check the Iranianflights last year, but since then only two aircraft have beeninspected.Kerry’s comments came after a group of senators sent a letter toPresident Barack Obama last week, urging him to step up US militaryefforts in Syria, including destroying Assad’s aircraft usingprecision airstrikes.Editor of Politics First magazine, Marcus Papadopolous, told RTthat it’s “very difficult to tell” whether Iran is providingmilitary support to Assad or not.But he finds Kerry’s criticism of Iraq’s negligence towardsoverflights “hypocritical” as there are some other US partners, whomade a lot greater contribution to fueling the Syrian conflict.“It’s ironic given that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who areAmerica’s strategic allies, have been the ones responsible for thebloodshed in Syria through their support for Syrian militants inthe form of weapons, cash and Islamist fighters.. And they are theones, who have blood on their hands and they should be in theInternational Criminal Court,” Papadopolous stressed.The civil war has been raging in Syria for over two years, with70,000 already killed according to UN figures, as Assad and theopposition refuse to sit together at the negotiation table.

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US Sec. of State tells Iraq to close airspace for Iranian planes ‘with Assad aid’


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