Turkish Authorities Seize Weapons Cache Destined for Syria from Iran

March 19, 2011

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Wisconsin Project Staff

On March 19, 2011 Turkish authorities seized a large weapons cache destined for Syria from an Ilyushin cargo aircraft operated by Yas Air, an Iranian cargo airline. The cargo, which was labeled as "spare auto parts," included AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns and ammunition, as well as 60-mm and 120-mm mortar shells. Following an inspection of the seized weapons, a U.N. Security Council Panel found it to be a violation of Security Council resolution 1747, which prohibits arms exports from Iran. Yas Air is a "civilian arm" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to the United Nations, and a successor to Pars Aviation Services Company, which was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council in 2007. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, Yas Air has moved IRGC-Qods Force personnel and weapons to Syria.


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

[2] "Treasury Targets Iranian Arms Shipments," Press Release, U.S. Department of the Treasury, March 27, 2012.