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  9/21/2012, Tishrei 5, 5773

US: No to Linking Iraq Aid to Stopping Iranian Planes


The State Department of the United States said, Thursday, that it does not support the proposal of a senior senator to make future aid to Iraq dependent on the cooperation of the Baghdad government in stopping Iranian airplanes suspected of delivering weapons to Syria.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a State Department media briefing, "We've been very clear about our ongoing conversation with the government of Iraq, and our view that they either need to deny overflight requests for Iranian aircraft going to Syria or to require that such flights land in Iraqi territory for inspection."