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Walid Muallem

Iran sends arms to Syria via Turkey, say diplomats

Walid Muallem 52%

A handout picture released by the Iranian president's official website shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Tehran on March 2, 2013. Syria's close ally Iran said that President Bashar al-Assad will take part in next year's presidential election. AFP PHOTO / HO / PRESIDENT.IRIran has significantly stepped up military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in recent months by sending lots of arms to the regime via Turkey, solidifying its position alongside Russia, Western diplomats said.

 

Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials said on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.

 

Iran’s acceleration of support for al-Assad suggests the Syrian war is entering a new phase in which Iran may be trying to end the battlefield stalemate by redoubling its commitment to al-Assad and offering Syria&rsqu. ;s increasingly isolated government a crucial lifeline, the envoys said.

 

Read more: DAILY NEWS (March/14/2013)


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