VIDEO: Diplomat: Confidential report finds Iran shipping arms to Syria
17-May-2012 (2 comments)

CNN) -- A confidential U.N. report reveals Iran is exporting arms to the Syrian government in violation of a ban on weapons sales, the same day President Bashar al-Assad blamed the violence in his country on the work of foreign-backed fighters.

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Report: Iran shipping arms to Syria

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  • NEW: One person is dead in renewed fighting in Lebanon, state-run news reports
  • U.S. government denies report it is helping supply arms to rebels
  • A draft report says two shipments of weapons bound for Syria have been seized
  • Al-Assad says weapons are being smuggled across the borders of Turkey and Lebanon


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Related VOA, Al Jazeera & Russia News Reports

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The United Nations is blaming Iran for supplying the Syrian army with weapons. The UN says it has found evidence Iran been organising illegal shipments.



The US and Britain have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Syria at a United Nations meeting. Meanwhile Russia has warned against turning up the heat on Tehran. 





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