Thursday, May 15, 2014

US calls for probe of possible weapons deal between former bitter foes Iran, Iraq

Iranian weapons are turning up in the Islamic Republic’s former arch foe Iraq, a development one State Department official told warrants an immediate investigation.

Photos of Iraqi soldiers bearing Iranian-made rifles and scopes as they battle Al Qaeda-linked Islamic extremists in western Iraq have surfaced on the Internet. The images have raised suspicions that Iraq, which already gets large amounts of arms from the U.S., is buying the weapons from the neighboring nation with whom it fought a bloody and bitter war throughout the 1980s. Such transfers would violate United Nations sanctions, and raise concerns about Iran's ever-increasing reach throughout the Middle East.

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