Syria's security forces seize arms smuggled from Iraq

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11/03/2011 17:34


Syria's security forces seize arms smuggled from Iraq


11/03/2011 17:34 // The Guardian newspaper: International |

Grenades, firearms and ammunition belts found in truck loaded in Baghdad

Syria has revealed that its security forces have seized a large shipment of weapons, explosives and night-vision goggles in a truck coming from Iraq.

The official news agency Sana said the shipment, intercepted at the Tanaf border crossing on Monday, was intended "for use in actions that affect Syria's internal security and spread unrest and chaos".

It did not say how many weapons were seized, but has published pictures showing dozens of grenades, firearms and ammunition belts.

The agency quoted the driver of the truck as saying the weapons had been loaded in Baghdad and he was paid $5,000 (£3,100) to deliver them in Syria.

Iraq withdrew its ambassador from Syria in 2009 after its prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, accused Damascus of sheltering two people he said were behind bomb attacks in Baghdad that killed 100 people.

Syria reciprocated immediately, but relations between the two countries improved last year and the two governments agreed to restore ambassadors to each other's capital in September. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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