Turkish Authorities Seize Truck of Explosives En Route to Syria from Iran

February 1, 2011

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  • International Enforcement Actions

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Wisconsin Project Staff

On February 15, 2011 Turkish authorities seized a truck carrying explosives en route to Syria from Iran. The interdiction took place in Kilis, a Turkish town near the Syrian border. The truck was carrying gunpowder, propelling charge, slow-burning material, detonators, solid rocket fuel, and RDX explosives. Shipping documents named SAD Import Export Company as the consigner. Parchin Chemical Industries and 7th of Tir Industries were also named in the documents; both have been sanctioned by the United Nations for links to Iran's nuclear and missile programs. Shipping documents also listed Chemical Industries and Development of Materials Group (CIDMG) as the manufacturer of some of the seized items. CIDMG, a parent company to Parchin Chemical Industries, manufactures propellant and explosives like RDX and HMX. Following an inspection of the cargo, a U.N. Security Council Panel found it to be a violation of Security Council resolution 1747, which prohibits arms exports from Iran.


[1] "Panel of Experts Established Pursuant to Resolution 1929 (2010)," - Final Report, United Nations Report, June 12, 2012.