Iraq clears flight of Iranian plane to Syria
Baghdad, Iraq (4E) – Iraqi authorities on Sunday ordered a Syria-bound Iranian plane flying over the country’s airspace to land and be inspected for weapons.
Inspectors from the military found no weapons and other banned items onboard the plane at Baghdad International Airport, so it was cleared to proceed to Damascus, according to Iraq’s civil aviation authority director Nasir Hussein Bandar. Instead, medical supplies and humanitarian goods were found onboard.
It was the second Iranian plane inspected in Iraq for weapons and banned items. On Oct. 2, an Iranian plane was also ordered to land at the airport for searching. No weapons and illegal items were found onboard.
The U.S. had asked Iraqi authorities to inspect Iranian aircraft using its airspace suspecting these as transporting weapons for the Syrian army. But the Iraq government said it will only conduct inspection when it has doubts on the cargo.