Iran Sending Drones, Weapons to Iraq: Report

“Small fleet” of Ababil drones deployed to airfield near Baghdad

by AFP | June 26, 2014


 An Iraqi soldier stands guard at the site of a car bomb explosion in a Kurdish-majority neighbourhood of the ethnically mixed northern city of Kirkuk on June 25, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

An Iraqi soldier stands guard at the site of a car bomb explosion in a Kurdish-majority neighbourhood of the ethnically mixed northern city of Kirkuk on June 25, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Iran is secretly flying surveillance drones over Iraq and sending military equipment there to help Baghdad in its fight against Sunni insurgents, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

A “small fleet” of Ababil drones was deployed to the Al Rashid airfield near Baghdad, the newspaper said on its website, citing anonymous US officials.

Tehran has also installed an intelligence unit at the airfield to intercept electronic communications between ISIS fighters and commanders.

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