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Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh

Iraq has confirmed that it will never be involved or helping or allowing any shipment via its air space or land to Syria." Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh has rejected claims that Iran is using the Iraqi airspace to send military equipment and troops to Syria. "Iraq has confirmed that it will never be involved or helping or allowing any shipment via its air space or land to Syria," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Reuters on Thursday. He added that Iraq was "ready to be part of regional and international efforts or measures to stop the shipping of equipment or personnel to both sides in Syria.” The US officials have repeatedly claimed that Iran uses Iraq’s airspace to send weapons for the Syrian government. Iraq has rejected the allegations. Ali al-Moussawi, media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said earlier this month that “there is no evidence” supporting the allegation. "If anyone has any evidence, they should bring it to us and we will take the needed measures,” he added. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. AR/AZ