Iraq re­sists U.S. prod, lets Iran fly arms to Syria

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY KRISTINA WONG

The Iraqi gov­ern­ment has re­fused U.S. re­quests to stop Ira­nian cargo flights to Syria, de­spite be­ing aware of cred­i­ble in­tel­li­gence that the planes are trans­port­ing up to 30 tons of weapons, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. of­fi­cial.

The U.S. has made sev­eral re­quests in re­cent months to the Iraqi gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing di­rectly to Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-ma­liki, to ei­ther halt the flights or al­low the planes to be in­spected in com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional law.

Iraq has re­fused, say­ing the planes are car­ry­ing only hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

AN­DREW HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Teammates sur­round Washington Cap­i­tals cap­tain Alex Ovechkin af­ter he col­lided with Mike Knu­ble dur­ing prac­tice Thurs­day in Ar­ling­ton. Ovechkin was down on the ice for two min­utes, but coach Dale Hunter ex­pects him back in ac­tion Fri­day. Story, C1.

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